Evolution deploys new technology to increase Mungari productivity

Evolution Mining's Mungari mine site.

Evolution Mining has implemented new software at the Mungari gold operations in Western Australia, with the aim to mitigate unplanned downtime and improve plant performance.

Aspen Technology’s Mtell software explores historical and real-time operational and maintenance data to identify specific failure signatures to assist Evolution in preventing future asset breakdowns.

The software will also help the mining company design detailed measures to mitigate and solve issues via predictive and prescriptive maintenance, enabling greater productivity going forward.

Evolution Mining Mungari general manager Greg Walker said he is excited by what Aspen Mtell brings to the gold miner.

“Evolution’s Data Enabled Business Improvement (DEBI) program has achieved excellent results in recent years. With this new technology, Mungari Gold Operations can achieve further productivity improvements via increased asset availability,” he said.

Aspen Technology vice president and general manager Jeannette McGill believes the software will ensure Evolution can stay out of trouble down the track.

“Asset performance management helps customers stay ahead in the maintenance phase of the asset lifecycle. We are pleased that Evolution Mining has partnered with Aspen Technology by choosing to deploy Aspen Mtell, in support of the company’s strategy to lower costs by improving productivity,” she said.

In preparation for Aspen Mtell, Evolution performed extensive offline trials to test the software on multiple pieces of equipment at two of its key sites.

Located 20km west of Kalgoorlie, the company’s Mungari operations produced 133,388 ounces of gold in the 2020 financial year.

In July, Evolution purchased Northern Star’s Kundana gold assets in Western Australia for $400 million, located within eight kilometres of the Mungari operation. The acquisition solidified Evolution’s foothold in the Kalgoorlie region.

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