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.
Improving efficiency is a key part of our efforts to reduce costs and improve the competitiveness of our operations. At our Elkview steelmaking coal operation (EVO) in southeast British Columbia, an opportunity to improve efficiency by reducing haul truck cycle times was identified.