Coal India (CIL) has selected Accenture as consultant to digitalise mining process in seven open cast mines, according to media reports.
The digitalisation process of the seven identified mines, which accounted for nearly 32 percent of CIL’s 596 million tonne (MT) output in FY21, could increase production by another 100 MT at a much lower cost as Accenture has assured.
Accenture’s success fee shall be paid only on achievement of more than a minimum threshold level of the assured quantity. On crossing the threshold level, the consultant would be paid an agreed sum for every additional tonne of coal produced.
The aim is to use the available data analytic techniques to raise mine productivity and efficiency from planning, project monitoring and operations to despatch. The heavy earth moving machineries deployed would be fitted with digital sensors to monitor the efficiency of their performance at every level. This would bring about a more effective system management and dynamic monitoring.
Digitalisation will take place at the mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) and Nigahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL).