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BHP calls on Microsoft’s artificial intelligence to boost copper mine production


BHP Group announced on Tuesday that it is working with technology giant Microsoft to use its machine learning and artificial intelligence models to improve copper extraction from its Escondida mine in Chile.

BHP expects global demand for mined copper to double over the next 30 years, with the development of carbon removal technology. Farms.

Finding new mines is difficult and expensive, as it can take decades to find and develop a new mine, so exploration companies look to modern technologies to extract large amounts of minerals from already discovered mines.

“We expect a new trend in mining to be driven by the use of advanced digital technologies,” Laura Tyler, BHP’s chief technology officer, said in a company statement.

By referring to updated ore plant data and recommendations from Microsoft’s Azure platform supported by artificial intelligence, plant operators have the ability to adjust variables that affect the processing of raw materials.

BHP is the world’s largest mining company and is the majority owner of the Escondida mine, and operates the mine with its partners.

In the last fiscal year that ended in June, the Escondida mine produced more than 1 million tons of copper.

(Source: Reuters)

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