Insight

Energy is one of the biggest expenses for mining companies, constituting approximately 30% of total cash operating costs. As such, mining companies have always been looking at ways to reduce their power costs. Jason Hislop discusses how renewable energy can help to reduce power costs, through the use of cost effective energy storage – a key enabler for renewable energy technology.

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As renewable energy sources increase their presence in the National Energy Market the demand profile for coal fired power stations will continue to change, with less demand during daylight hours when solar is predominant and more demand in the evenings to the early morning. This shift in demand provides a number of challenges for coal fired power stations. Leon Fabrikanov discusses these challenges and provides some insight into how automation solutions can provide flexibility for existing power plants without the need to outlay significant capital for new equipment.

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If you are starting a new mining or industrial infrastructure project and need to decide which project delivery model to choose our latest Insight piece will help guide you. When embarking on a new project client organisations need to assess their own capabilities, skillset and capacity to manage the project before selecting the right project delivery method. We explain what you need to consider before selecting the right project delivery model and detail each models advantages and disadvantages.

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Nigel Ricketts, our Process Engineering expert and Manager of Studies in Queensland, recently presented a paper at TMS 2019 in Texas on scandium solvent extraction. If you are a process engineer interested in scandium processing techniques, or a mining professional looking at scandium opportunities, this condensed version of the technical paper might be of interest to you.

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Developing strong storytelling skills can assist with implementing change to achieve a desired business or project outcome. The art of delivering sound rhetoric and developing empathy with your audience will help you to persuade them to adopt these changes. Peter Wells addresses the importance of storytelling in change management and how to develop your storytelling skills.

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This month’s Engenium Insight, written by Peter Wells, takes a look at the importance of developing your project management skills and what project management qualifications are right for your project team.

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Our latest Insight piece, written by Nigel Ricketts, talks about the benefits of vanadium redox flow batteries compared to lithium and how to make a vanadium electrolyte.

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All projects are unique and carry their own risks.  This article will help you to define, understand and manage the risks involved in project delivery which is fundamental to the success of any project.  

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It's important to consider commissioning from project initiation and to develop an effective commissioning plan during project execution.This article describes the commissioning process and outlines common pitfalls, strategies and contingency planning.

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This white paper looks at coal bulk handling systems and how they can be improved with automation, including automation of mobile plants and drivers.

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