Our Highland Valley Copper (HVC) Operations in south-central British Columbia has partnered with Dr. Roger Yu, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at nearby Thompson Rivers University (TRU). He is working to extract useful information from the large amounts of data that we collect on our energy use to help increase our energy efficiency in several key areas, including drilling, blasting, extraction, crushing, grinding and flotation.
Day and night, haul trucks travel back and forth across our six steelmaking coal sites, hauling waste rock to the dumps and raw coal to the processing plant. This movement is a significant portion of our site costs — approximately 40%. Finding ways to make our trucks work faster and more efficiently, without sacrificing safety, is an opportunity not only to save costs, but also to reduce emissions and improve our overall sustainability performance.
A focus on energy efficiency is paying off in a big way at our Coal Mountain Operations, where a newly designed fan wheel has significantly reduced energy consumption, saving millions of kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.
Bob Cave, a Cyclone House Operator with 15 years of experience at Highland Valley Copper (HVC), noticed a minor difference between two pumps that was having a major impact on energy consumption and saw an opportunity for improvement.