by Angela Guess
IBM is working with JSC Attyntau Resources in Kazakhstan to "provide a new business analytics system to help the company to improve gold yields and increase the profitability of its operations. The new system will enable the gold producer to centralize and quickly analyze data about its mining operations. It includes a dashboard of important information enabling the company’s management team to make informed decisions about which ore to mine and which extraction processes to use to achieve the best return on investment. Once the project is complete, JSC Altyntau Resources will be able to speed up its annual financial planning cycle from two months to two weeks and ensure that investors are kept informed on the company’s operations and forecasts."
The article continues, "JSC Altyntau Resources runs several mines in Kazakhstan, including the large Vasilkovskoye gold ore deposit near the city of Kokshetau in the north of the country. Though the deposit was first mined in the 1960s, production had to be abandoned at various times over the years due to the relatively low grade of the ore – only of 2.2 grams of gold per tonne. However, the construction of a new gold recovery plant in 2009 and the recent deployment of modern technologies have led once again to full-scale, commercial production. Today, Vasilkovskoye is one of the largest gold mines in the world."
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