Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has collaborated with GE South Africa to unveil a greenfields digitalisation initiative at the Gamsberg project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.

Under the initiative, VZI intends to build a ‘Smart Ore Movement’ system into the $400m project.

The company noted that advanced systems will be implemented during the development phase of the project.

The project is currently under development, with production expected to commence in mid-next year.

“We are acquiring best-in-class technology for our assets and focusing on creating our own.”

VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo said: “VZI places great emphasis on the concept of ‘Adapt and Thrive’ across all areas of our business. A core philosophy at Vedanta is to embrace new technologies and practices, and we welcome the opportunity to become part of the disruption revolution.

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“We are acquiring best-in-class technology for our assets and focusing on creating our own.”

For the initiative, GE has partnered with enterprise mine software developer MineRP.

Under the ‘Smart Ore Movement’ concept, VZI aims to ensure that all available information regarding the state of the mine, the quality of ore, the conditions of the processing plant and the value of the output product are made available to the mine management team in real-time.

The information is also presented in such a way that it assists in arriving at real-time decision-making.

GE South Africa CEO Thomas Konditi said: “Mining in South Africa remains an important industry, and as a digital industrial company, we are focused on providing integrated solutions across all sectors and mining is no exception.

“The objective is more than just efficiency, the quality of the ore produced is also important.”

Apart from addressing VZI’s application and digital infrastructure needs, the partnership will focus on providing a foundation for the agile co-creation of mining solutions to be deployed across the company.

The digital transformation project is aimed at eliminating inefficiencies through the application of new culture combined with digital technology and a customised delivery approach.