There is significant opportunity to drive value by improving maintenance in mining. Maintenance represents approximately 20% of a mine’s operating costs, and influences production and capital spend. Teck has begun a coordinated Maintenance and Reliability Initiative (MRI) across seven mines. The MRI was begun at each mine with a year of accelerated change to maintenance processes and systems facilitated by a consultant. This paper focuses on Mine Maintenance at the Highland Valley Copper (HVC). Year one accomplishments are reviewed. Lessons learned are recorded that could be applied to another mine contemplating an MRI. Direction is recommended for the next two years, focussing on finishing change already begun, expanding the role of Reliability and upgrading the Enterprise Resource Planning system.Recommendations include how to measure and audit long-term maintenance performance improvement.
EMBA Project-Simon Fraser University
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