Improve the management of CAPEX projects and reduce the turnaround time of production equipements in the mining industry

Context

 

Based in Africa, an open pit gold mine decided to increase the production output of its critical equipments, the bottlenecks. The mine consists in an open pit and a plant which transforms the ore into gold bars. About 40 dumbers ensure the transportation of the raw material from the pit to the plant. The ore is crushed and grinded in enormous machines, then the resulting muds are treated with chemicals to extract the gold particles.

Increasing production capacity requires to upgrade the existing equipments and to install new ones. It also requires to ensure a faultless supply of ore to the plant, which depends on an excellent availability of the trucks and excavators.

Approach

 

To manage this important project and the related maintenance improvements required to increase production capacities, the company decided to use the Critical Chain Project Management approach :

  • The new equipment must be procured and installed.
    • about 30 pieces of equipment have to be transported from all over the world to the mine, in the middle of the desert.
    • Some equipment require important civil works.
    • The equipment has to be built and installed on-site.
  • The Maintenance teams want to improve their performance to increase equipment and machines availability.

 

Testimony from Stéphane Castillo, project manager at IAMGOLD

 

Video in French with available english subtitles

Project 1 : Mill Upgrade

 

  • The first phase consisted in supplying all the pieces of equipment from all over the world. These long-delivery time items were managed with Critical Chain. The Fever Chart enabled to track each order and identify the items at risk.

  • The second phase consisted in civil works to prepare the installation of some of the new equipment.

  • The third and last phase was the installation of the new machines.

 

 

Project 2 : Maintenance of the mobile equipment

 

The trucks and shovels are maintained, repaired and overhauled on-site. Increasing the availability of these machines will be critical to enable a smooth supply of the ore from the pit to the plant, and therefore it was decided to use the Critical Chain approach to manage the longest maintenance projects.

The planners were trained to the method and to the tool, as well as the managers and the chief operators. Pilot projects were then initiated.

The first projects revealed that important wastes and margins were extending project durations: the Fever Chart remained in the green zone most of the time. So the decision was made to be more ambitious and to cut the planned duration by half. The project is still on-going, but the first results put forward bottleneck issues that were previously neglected, e.g resources spread thin between too many projects and lack of management and experts availability.

Project 3 : Maintenance of fixed equipment

 

Increasing the production capacity of the plant is also derived from a better exploitation of the machines and processes. So Management decided to use Critical Chain to prepare and manage the planned maintenance of the critical machines (such as the crusher).

The planners are trained and the project is still on-going.

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