The Energy Leadership Program’s Team & Individual Acknowledgement Awards for the period July – Dec 2016 were held on Thursday, 23rd March for the Smelter and MSP areas. These awards are held twice a year to recognize teams and individuals that have contributed towards reducing energy costs.
The event began with a review of the Energy Leadership Program by Ensight’s Program Manager, Mike Stevens. A whopping R250M has been saved thus far which is the equivalent of 130 000 households removed from the grid for a year. Mike thanked all for the work done thus far to accomplish this.
Winner – Smelter Project
The Slag Plant Energy Optimisation project was the winner for the Smelter area having achieved savings to date of R1.05 million since inception ie. Jun’14–Dec’16. The Project Champion was Deshni Reddy and the team members that were instrumental in the success of the project included Karabo Rabolele, Lwazi Shabalala, Nardus Uys, Siyabonga Ntuli, Revassen Govender, Douglas Ndabana, Jabulani Zwane, Macfairlane Kunene, Bhekani Makhanya and Mlu Ngcobo.
Thobile Dlamini (Acting Manager: Slag and Site Logistics) explained the project details which entails switching off equipment and running at the right feed rate to maximise opportunity when the plant is not on feed in order to achieve the best rand-per-ton, production ratio. This project achieved 95% of their targeted savings in 2016.
Winner – MSP Project
At the MSP area, the winning project was the ZTP Stop/Start project. This involves “peak clipping” – the plant operates at its lowest specific energy operating point (1.10kW/ton @ 40 tph) and switches off during no mineral feed periods. Kevin Webster has been the project champion on this project and proudly congratulated his team for driving this project with such commitment and having taken ownership of it by putting procedures into place to optimise any opportunity to safely switch off the plant and save energy. The savings achieved on this project from July – Dec 2016 was R288 867 and savings achieved since inception was R1.94m. The collective commitment of the following team members was acknowledged with each receiving a certificate. Francois Nel, Benedictus Maphumulo, Sipho Cele, Joseph Ntenga, Thokozani Mlambo and Ruaan Prinsloo.