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Creating Value in the Coal Delivery Chain to a Captive Power Plant

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Dave Osborne

Somerset International Australia Pty Ltd, Level 3, 145 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000, Australia
dosborne@somersetpty.com

Dan Eyre

Uniper Technologies Ltd. Technology Centre, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottingham, UK
Dan.Eyre@uniper.energy

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4040379 History: Received July 17, 2017; Revised May 17, 2018

Abstract

Integration of a supply chain involves the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of delivery chain activities for creating net value. This includes, building appropriate infrastructure, leveraging logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and continually measuring/monitoring performance. The combination of advanced mining and beneficiation technologies and power plant improvement processes when integrated within a "whole-of-supply chain" promises great potential for creating step-changes in the way that coal is delivered to its end user. When the supply chain involves a direct mine-to-power plant, the benefits may initially seem limited, but the adoption of a value-in-use model to determine costs incurred along the chain can show how changes in mining, beneficiation and supply impact on power plant performance and, ultimately, total-supply chain costs. Uniper Technologies' proprietary Fuel Evaluation Tool as described in the paper is an expert value-in-use model, which combined with coal beneficiation modelling and expertise from Somerset International can show the potential improvements achievable by adopting a "whole-of-supply-chain" approach.

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