Outage management system for Newcrest mining sites
Newcrest Mining Outage Management Systems
2010 - 2011
Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Cote d'Ivorie
Newcrest Mining Ltd
Copper; Gold; Precious Metals
Newcrest Mining has operations exploring for gold and gold copper deposits in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji and Cote d’Ivorie.
Outages at Newcrest’s sites are an expensive endeavour and cost hundreds of millions of dollars each year. In addition to each outage’s direct costs there is also a loss of revenue from reduced production. Due to the costs involved and impact on revenue a systematic approach to managing outages can have a significant impact on profits.
Savings are derived when a consistent and robust
process is used to ensure good planning
of outages, mitigation of risks, preparation
for contingencies and overall effective
Ausenco Rylson developed a corporate level
outage management system to align outage
management across all Newcrest sites. The
system enables a more coordinated and comprehensive
approach to planning, scheduling and inventory
management in preparation for an outage.
An audit and reporting process has been developed
which enables continuous improvement of
the program. This program was coordinated
at the corporate level to support all Newcrest
Preliminary results have been positive with
the outage management system trialed at
the Orange outage in early December 2011.
This was a complex outage involving construction
tie-ins and a unique SAG mill control system
upgrade. The outage was delivered on schedule
and within budget. The positive outcome
from the implementation of the system prompted
an immediate partial rollout of the system
for the PNG Lihir major outage scheduled
Eddie is a metallurgist/process engineer with 35+ years experience from process teams management and engineering design through to feasibility studies; detail process design, commissioning and project ramp-up. Eddie is globally recongised as a leader in cost-effective plant design.