Molycop joins CEEC international sponsor base to help drive lower footprint mining

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Leading mining and rail consumables manufacturer Molycop has joined the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) as a sponsor, adding to the visionary group of innovative companies backing the global communications hub.

Molycop is a global market leader in the manufacture and supply of grinding media, mining chemicals and rail consumables.

CEEC CEO Alison Keogh said she looked forward to working with Molycop to boost CEEC’s information sharing about technology and processes that add value to the minerals processing industry.

“Grinding to produce minerals and metals consumes almost three percent of the world’s electrical energy. As a world-leading provider of grinding media and other mining consumables, Molycop is well positioned to contribute to and champion greater efficiencies in this field,” Ms Keogh said.

Molycop Vice President of Innovation Dr Paul Shelley said the company had a strong focus on sustainability and recognised the synergies in supporting CEEC’s work.

“From the development of the first heat-treated grinding ball in the 1930s to releasing the NG SAG ball in 2016, Molycop has established a 100-year track record of innovation leading to increased productivity for customer mines all over the globe,” Dr Shelley said.  

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of grinding media, Molycop is committed to the research and development of effective, long-life products and technical support services with the aim to improve productivity and reduce operating costs for customers. Our R&D advances in the areas of longer life consumables, recycling and energy efficiency are changing the way we do business and the way our clients do business.

“We recognise that innovation can lead to improvements in productivity and bring the sort of step change and breakthrough impact to ensure company longevity and better environmental outcomes. We are proud to introduce and share leading initiatives that help industry improve in this way.”

Dr Shelley said one example was Molycop Tools, a software package that allows engineers to evaluate and model the efficiency of grinding circuits.

He said Molycop was also leading by proactively integrating renewable energy supply and increasing the recycled content of some of its key raw material inputs. Molycop recently signed a long-term Power Purchase Arrangement with energy retailer Flow Power for an expected annual generation of 100,000MWh of renewable energy. This covers more than half of Molycop’s electricity consumption in NSW and will make Molycop one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy in Australia.

“Molycop has a clear focus on the future and how we can improve our operations and that of our customers. We’re conscious that the mining industry is constantly changing, technological advancements are evolving and demand for greater output never stops increasing.” 

Ms Keogh said both CEEC and Molycop had a clear vision to improve value, productivity and energy efficiency. 

She said the addition of the company to CEEC’s team of sponsors would extend the organisation’s capacity to share information and collaborate on other energy efficiency advances.

“CEEC is proud to collaborate with mining and METS companies like Molycop, which plays a vital role in sharing energy efficient site practices and mineral processing improvement opportunities globally,” Ms Keogh said.

“Molycop is showing leadership by investing in renewable energy supply to its manufacturing facilities and through innovative recycling processes in the production of some their product lines. By communicating these initiatives more widely, we hope to inspire others in industry to take actions to improve mining’s energy and emissions footprint.”

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