Banks Mining uses web-based technology to fuel improvement

Banks Mining, a member of the Banks Group, has commissioned Liquid Management Solutions (LMS) to develop and implement a system that provides real-time data on every aspect of its fuel-supply chain across its three active surface coal mines in the UK
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Kevin Taylor of Liquid Management Solutions (L) with Martin Raine of Banks Mining

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The six-figure project investment is being made after the successful completion of a two-year trial at the Rusha surface mine in West Lothian, Scotland, it said.

Banks said the system would help secure new operational efficiencies and decrease plant and vehicle emissions, and would assist in achieving compliance with the UK government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, a new energy assessment scheme for businesses.

The LMS system provides accurate web-based access to all inbound bulk fuel deliveries from the company’s fuel suppliers through to daily fuel transfers from static storage tanks to mobile fuel bowsers, Banks Mining said.

Fuel management terminals have been installed in each of Banks Mining's seven mobile fuel bowsers, which automatically identify both the fuel quantity used and engine hours at the point of every fuelling for each item of plant.

Fuel usage by secondary items such as lighting towers, pumps, generators and sub-contractors is also captured accurately via alternative options to provide a complete commercial analysis of fuel usage which can then be used to highlight areas where improvements can be made.