Automated vent system saving millions for Kidd Mine – by Sarah Moore (Timmins Daily Press – January 21, 2017)

TIMMINS – Glencore’s Kidd Operations was recognized by the province for its energy conservation efforts on Friday morning at a presentation at the Timmins Museum.

Representatives from the mine joined Timmins Mayor Steve Black, Terry Young, vice-president of conservation and corporate relations with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault that morning to showcase Kidd’s new ventilation-on-demand system as an example of how utilizing government funding programs will reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs.

Kidd tapped into the government’s Industrial Accelerator Program in order to offset $5.6 million of the total $9 million required to transition to the fully automated underground ventilation system it now has today.

Doing so has contributed to $2 million of savings annually and has allowed the mine to see a reduction in energy consumption of nearly 25,000 megawatts. Steve Badenhorst, the mine’s general manager, said he’s happy to have the company’s work in energy conservation showcased in the public eye.

“It’s a great recognition for Kidd Operations and a number of people who have been involved in the project, which has been about three years of significant work,” he said. “Now, we are an example for others to use and have other programs potentially that we might be using the Industrial Accelerator Program for.”

With the new ventilation-on-demand system, he said they are able to direct the flow of air to where people and equipment are working at the time, which decreases the total amount of energy output required to run the system.

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