Integration of a supply chain involves the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of delivery chain activities for creating net value. This includes building appropriate infrastructure, leveraging logistics, synchronizing supply with demand, and continually measuring/monitoring performance. The combination of advanced mining and beneficiation technologies and power plant improvement processes when integrated within a “whole-of-supply chain” promises great potential for creating step changes in the way that coal is delivered to its end user. When the supply chain involves a direct mine-to-power plant, the benefits may initially seem limited, but the adoption of a value-in-use model to determine costs incurred along the chain can show how changes in mining, beneficiation, and supply impact on power plant performance and, ultimately, total-supply chain costs. Uniper Technologies' proprietary Fuel Evaluation Tool as described in the paper is an expert value-in-use model, which combined with coal beneficiation modeling and expertise from Somerset International can show the potential improvements achievable by adopting a “whole-of-supply-chain” approach.

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