Success in China

Year: 2015 - ongoing
Location: China
Sector: Mining and Industrial
Service delivered: Energy Management Technical Programme Management and Mentoring

ClearLead has been providing technical programme management and mentoring support to ICL, an international fertiliser and chemicals company, on its global energy reduction programme since 2013. In a new initiative in 2015, ICL entered into a joint venture with a large rock phosphate mine and fertiliser plant in South West China that spends tens of millions of dollars a year on energy. ClearLead was tasked with identifying 10% energy savings and providing mentoring support to the site’s engineering and management teams.

From September 2016, over the course of four months, ClearLead’s team of energy specialists coordinated detailed energy analysis of the production and mining facilities. ClearLead, in conjunction with a team of internal experts drawn from ICL’s plants around the world worked closely, via interpreters, with the local engineering teams to ensure a step change in management behaviour, bringing energy efficiency to the forefront of daily plant management.

On completion of the project, a total of 98 viable energy efficiency projects were presented to the plant’s Board for approval. The Board subsequently agreed an investment plan spread over two years, which will deliver savings with an overall payback of just over four months.

The success of the programme has far exceeded the client’s target of 10% reduction in energy cost and should deliver savings of around 30%.