Statistical testing of availability for mining technological systems with air quality constraints

Milan Stehlík, Polychronis Economou, Ljubiša Papić, Joseph Aronov, Orietta Nicolis, Jaromír Antoch, Eliška Cézová, Jozef Kiseľák

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We develop a mining technology statistical model showing that even environmentally sustainable mining can be still very profitable. We put constraints on mining activities for elevated levels of particulate matters (eg, PM2.5 and PM10) in the air. We show that upper quantiles (eg, 95%) of productivity slightly decrease with respect to maximal number of failures, and this high-productivity feature is robust with respect to variation of underlying statistical parameters. We illustrate the model on two currently active mining sites, the Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile and the opencast coal mine Libouš in the Czech Republic. Two generic working scenarios have been obtained. We show that, under very realistic conditions for both countries, the Czech Republic and Chilean mining companies can regulate mining activities for high thresholds of air pollutants without a substantial loss of productivity. Sensitivity analysis with respect to parameters is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-292
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • air pollution
  • availability
  • gamma distribution
  • mine
  • productivity
  • sustainability
  • technological system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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