Mining company Vale Canada has chosen Intergraph SmartPlant Materials as its supply chain management software at the Long Harbour Nickel processing plant in Long Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada.
The software will enable the mining company to manage its budget and timelines for the development of the plant.
According to Intergraph, the project is Vale’s first implementation of SmartPlant for a Canadian capital expenditures (CAPEX) project.
Vale, which already introduced the software in its Brazilian operations, replaced the existing solution with SmartPlant Materials following a review of its capabilities and the business needs of the project.
The company will use SmartPlant Materials primarily to track previously procured materials, as well as changes in material requirements as the project continues.
Vale owns licences for other Intergraph products, including SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical and PDS.
All these products are also scheduled to be integrated into the nickel processing plant.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president Gerhard Sallinger said: "SmartPlant Materials will enable Vale Canada to optimise its materials management process for increased time and cost savings on this important project.
"We are pleased the company recognised the benefits of Intergraph technology."
Users of Intergraph’s SmartPlant Materials have reported improved procurement efficiency with lower risks and costs through accurate materials management.
Built on a partially brownfield site near the port of Long Harbour, the Long Harbour Nikel processing plant comprises a wharf for offloading nickel ore concentrate from bulk carriers, crushing and grinding facilities.
The plant uses the metal processing technology known as hydrometallurgy to produce nickel product, together with associated cobalt and copper products.