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Control cabinets key to success of history-making Namibian gold mine Requirement In order to open the Otjikoto Gold Mine in Namibia, B2Gold Corp needed a world-class control system. IMI had supplied a similar and highly successful package for B2Gold's EPCM, Lycopodium, on a previous project, and knew they could provide a custom solution that was more cost-effective and more efficient than their competitors for the Otjikoto Mine as well. Improving on the design of the original spec and lowering the cost, IMI Precision Engineering submitted a separate control panel and air component supply-only bid that was accepted by Lycopodium. Solution The set of approximately 40 pneumatic control panels provided by IMI Precision Engineering provide centralized operation for launder gates, diverter gates and a series of localized control valves across Otjikoto's beneficiation plant. These control the flow of slurry and other solutions used to separate the mine's gold from crushed ore. The centralized control panel packages are integrated into the plant's master digital control system meaning maintenance and issue resolution can take place centrally, saving the mine time and therefore money. Other design innovations include a simple, roomy and well-labeled layout, low-voltage components that can be changed by hand or with a screwdriver, and a "plug-and-play" design with stainless steel, weather-proof components. For more information go to: Case study Location: Namibia Customer: B2Gold Corp., Lycopodium Growth driver: Resource Scarcity Photos courtesy of B2Gold Corp. © Norgren, Inc. 2015

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