The mining industry as a whole is taking proactive measures to establish cybersecurity programs to help protect and sustain their strategic and operational systems. Although challenging, it remains imperative that mining companies establish effective security controls for critical business assets and associated cyber systems.
Mining operators in Indonesia, once wary about the reliability of renewable energy, are quickly recognizing that microgrid systems can mitigate grid blackouts, while reducing fuel costs, effectively accommodating environmental constraints, scalability and operational needs.
Indonesia’s mine operators face the challenge of powering critical operations in remote locations far away from an electric power grid. Integrating renewable energy into hybrid energy systems, or microgrids, can achieve a more sustainable supply of power that reduces fuel costs and increases the resilience of power supply.
Fully finishing products through smelting can and should be realized in resource-rich countries, like Indonesia, as a long term industry that has the potential to unlock significant value-add for the industry, government and Indonesian people.
Traditionally, mining companies have built their own infrastructure at greenfield sites, and due to necessity, constructed their own supporting “pit to port” infrastructure, including power and water supply schemes, roads and railways.
When mining giant Rio Tinto decided to expand its iron ore production in Pilbara region of Western Australia, they faced a problem. While the remote region accounts for more than 40 percent of the world's iron ore production, it is also one of the driest parts of the world.
The mining industry is increasingly leaning on technological innovation to improve safety, operational efficiencies and performance. With that comes the requirement for extensive and intelligent communications networks, all laying the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The much-debated Indonesian mining regulation (Government Regulation No. 23/2010) was revised for a fourth time in January 2017. The change has left many wondering what the impacts mean to Indonesian miners in the short and long term.