Customised data capture saves time and money

Energetics was engaged by Isaac Plains Coal Management to conduct an EEO assessment of the site to address compliance requirements under this program, identify opportunities to minimise the effect the project has on the environment, and to achieve its energy consumption reduction targets. Energetics was able to deliver immediate cost savings by customising the data checklist and spreadsheet for EEO, NPI and NGER reporting purposes.

Key Facts

Client: Isaac Plains Coal Management
Location: Bowen Basin, North Queensland
Industry: Mining
Project: EEO, NPI and NGER
Lead consultant: Dr Fiesal Musa
Year: 2011

 

Project identification

Isaac Plains Coal Management is an open cut coal mine, located approximately 7km east of Moranbah, in the Bowen Basin of Northern Queensland. 

The 2940Ha site consists of 5 planned open cut pits, a 5km rail loop, a 500tph wash plant, train loading facilities, and water and power reticulation facilities. Haul trucks transport the coal from the mining face to a run-of-mine pad, where it is pushed into a feeder by tracked dozer.

Energetics was initially engaged to conduct an Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) assessment of the site to address compliance requirements under this program, identify opportunities to minimise the effect the project has on the environment, and to achieve its energy consumption reduction targets.

Energetics approach

Our approach is to deliver EEO compliance as one output of our clients’ cost reduction program. Implementing the identified opportunities is vital to reducing energy consumption.

During detailed discussions, Energetics identified an opportunity to customise the data collection process in order to fulfil EEO, NPI and NGER reporting requirements. Energetics was able to reduce the time associated with gathering data for the three mandatory programs which had a positive flow on effect for lead contractors: John Holland who manage the mining operations and Ausenco who manage the process plant.

Energetics’ consultants’ thorough EEO assessment included baseline analysis coupled with onsite interviews and assessments in addition to data gathering. Energetics facilitated a two day onsite workshop with Isaac Plains Coal Management employees and key subcontractors, which included a baseline presentation, identified and quantified opportunities, and further opportunities that would be the subject of discussion.

“The objectives were met on time, in an efficient and stream-lined process. The workshops were facilitated in a way that appealed to the audience and it showed in the feedback and results from the process.”
Melanie Rosak, Senior Environmental Advisor, Isaac Plains Coal Management Pty Ltd.

Valuable outcomes

While the EEO assessment - due in December - will outline a number of opportunities, Energetics was able to deliver immediate cost savings by customising the data checklist and spreadsheet for EEO, NPI and NGER reporting purposes, which can be used each year, further contributing to annual cost savings. Delivering a customised, streamlined process for multiple reporting purposes will save Isaac Plains Coal Management an enormous amount of time in data capture and submission.