Energy conservation at Inco Metals Company: compressed air in underground mining

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 811, 1979

J. G. CULLAIN, Manager of Utilities, Ontario Division Inco Metals Company

In conjunction with the over-all goals of energy conservation at Inco Metals Company, a program of improvement in compressed air utilization was established. Air flows were monitored and compared to calculated requirements to establish efficiency by area. With the cooperation of area management, measures were implemented to reduce nonproductive usage.At the operation, annual savings in power consumption alone were 80,000 dollars. The program is being extended to other mine areas within the Division.
Keywords: Equipment, Maintenance, Energy conservation, Inco Metals Company, Underground mining, Compressed air, Air flow, Power consumption, Levack Mine, Annubar, Compressors.