Australian-based software and solutions provider Micromine will install its mine control and management reporting solution Pitram Control at the Minas de Aguas Tenidas SAU (MATSA) mine in Spain.

The Trafigura contract is Micromine’s first foray into the Spanish mining sector, marking a significant milestone for the company’s expansion into European, Middle East and African markets.

Micromine will provide an overview of the current mine status and assist MATSA to achieve its long-term business objectives and increase managerial control over the operation. The company says greater control will allow MATSA to optimize production, reduce costs while improving safety and business intelligence capabilities.

Pitram is a mine control and management reporting solution which records, manages and processes mine site data in real time. The software provides a thorough overview of a mine’s activities by converting data into meaningful information which in turn increases managerial control.

MATSA mine manager Joao Nunes says, “After carefully reviewing various mine control systems we elected to introduce Micromine’s Pitram Control alongside Pitram Optimum’s Shift Planner module. Pitram’s powerful control and reporting functionalities will deliver real-time production data and decision-making tools, providing personnel and management greater control over the MATSA operation.”

The MATSA mine is an underground copper mine in Spain’s Andalucia region of Huelva province. Installation of the system is now under way with Trafigura aiming to increase its current annual capacity of processing 2.2 million tonnes of ore by 30%.

Trafigura’s UK manager Tim Tuder says, “MATSA has seven stockpiles comprised of different ore types. Pitram’s Grade Control module will increase control over material movements by ensuring they are closely tracked. The module will also enable real-time management of stockpiles and improved tonnages and grades.”

Trafigura is the world’s third largest independent oil trader in the non-ferrous concentrates market. It handles every element involved in the sourcing and trading of crude oil, petroleum products, renewable energies, metals, metal ores, coal and concentrates for industrial consumers.  

Micromine boasts 12,000 clients in more than 90 countries. The company’s intuitive solutions are delivered by a team of specialists who understand how the software can be integrated into an operation for best results. It has offices in 20 of the world’s major mineral producing regions in order to provide local support and service.

Earlier this year, the company completed installation of its mine control and management reporting software in two of Newmont’s underground gold mines in Nevada, in the USA.

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