RPMGlobal's mining simulation tool helps Arianne Phosphate advance Canadian Phosphate Project

13 May 2020

Arianne Phosphate’s Lac à Paul phosphate project in Quebec, Canada is another step closer to development after RPMGlobal’s leading mining simulation product enabled the company to optimise key haulage routes for its development.

Arianne Phosphate selected RPMGlobal’s simulation tool, HAULSIM, during its critical engineering study phase so it could evaluate several haulage scenarios and effectively link the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region to port facilities 240km away.

HAULSIM is a 4-D Discrete Event Simulation (DES) tool which enables the user to build a digital twin of any mining operation to evaluate different scenarios, fleet options, haulage routes, stockpile and dump placement and much more.

The solution delivers an accurate representation of haulage operations within a mine site and provides capability to quantify the impact of changes. The model reflects the complex and dynamic nature of a mine site in its entirety; including the variability, interactions and dependencies that occur in these systems.

Using HAULSIM, Arianne Phosphate was able to gather critical insights on the optimal operating conditions for the haulage routes within the Lac à Paul project.

By modelling, analysing and enhancing different ‘what if’ scenarios for the ideal haulage network, Arianne Phosphate now has confidence in its recommendation to invest capital in its mine to port haulage route with a clear view of predicted outcomes.

Importantly, Arianne Phosphate was able to take out the guess work and rely on calculated insights to assist in understanding the optimal haul routes.

Jean-Sébastien David, chief operating officer of Arianne Phosphate said: “RPMGlobal’s commitment to improving efficiency and value of our mining operations through cutting-edge solutions made the decision to select HAULSIM a natural one.”

“Partnering with a global leader in the development of leading mining and haulage systems enabled us to demonstrate the attractive returns that the Lac à Paul project is set to generate,” he said.

Sandeep Sandhu, RPMGlobal Americas General Manger, said “the positive outcomes HAULSIM generated for Arianne Phosphate were very satisfying.”

“It has been great to work with a passionate company like Arianne Phosphate and it has been very rewarding to see our solutions making a valuable contribution towards advancing the Lac à Paul phosphate project,” he said.

“RPMGlobal has more than 40 years’ experience in mining and haulage systems and adds value at all stages of the mining value chain. We’re proud to be able to contribute to the Lac à Paul project and achieve results through the use of HAULSIM that will create positive social and economic impacts for all stakeholders.”

In operation, the Lac à Paul project will produce 3 million tonnes of phosphate concentrate per annum, making it one of the world’s largest phosphate rock projects. Once development is complete, the project is set to consist of an open pit mine, a concentration plant and deep-water port facilities.

During construction of the Lac à Paul project, more than 2,000 jobs will be created followed by 1,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs through the life-of-mine.

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