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ENERGY MANAGEMENT: Bestech helps Vale and Xstrata save money

SUDBURY, Ontario - Miners around the world are facing more than their fair share of challenges - from stringent environmental and regulatory pressures to an urgent need to improve operational costs, productivity and safety, all while having to...



SUDBURY, Ontario – Miners around the world are facing more than their fair share of challenges – from stringent environmental and regulatory pressures to an urgent need to improve operational costs, productivity and safety, all while having to mine deeper than ever before. Bestech, one of Canada’s leading providers of engineering, automation, software development and energy management services, is rising to the challenge.

The Bestech experts have perfected a multi-faceted solution called NRG1-ECO (energy consumption optimization) that helps mining companies gain better control of their processes, energy usage, equipment, safety and energy costs. NRG1-ECO combines hardware and software to manage virtually every piece of automated equipment in a mine.

NRG1-ECO’s VOD (ventilation on demand) module enables the mine to instantly control the ventilation system’s air flow to when and where it is needed. This allows a mine to reduce its ventilation costs by as much as 30%, which represents significant savings given that ventilation costs make up almost 50% of a mine’s energy costs.

This year, the technology was installed at Vale‘s Coleman mine and Xstrata Nickel‘s Fraser mine.

In addition, the Bestech team offers mines assistance with energy-efficiency grants and rebate applications for both the initial site assessments and commissioning of NRG1-ECO.

Bestech’s new technology is attracting worldwide attention from other mining giants, including Canada’s Goldcorp. That company is considering installing NRG1-ECO in two stages at its Hoyle Pond mine.

Visit www.Bestech.com to learn how NRG1-ECO has the potential to cut annual power costs by up to 30% in hard rock mines.