Digital mining

Emerson Process Management has won a $3.1 million contract for the digital automation and control of minerals processing at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility in Ravensthorpe, Australia.

Emerson Process Management has won a $3.1 million contract for the digital automation and control of minerals processing at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility under construction in Ravensthorpe, Australia.

The new open-pit mine and minerals processing plant is part of a $1.1 billion project that will annually produce up to 50,000 tons of nickel and 1,400 tons of cobalt.

Emerson will install its PlantWeb digital architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology at the plant.

The company’s DeltaV digital automation system with AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, key components of PlantWeb, are at the core of the digital system that will include more than 2,000 smart digital field devices.

The system will be the largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installation in Australia and the largest use for mineral processing in the world, according to Emerson.