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BHP to Decide on Autonomous Truck Deployment at Goonyella Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Thu, 22 Aug 2019

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International Mining quoted BHP in its annual results to end June 2019 as saying that autonomous truck hauling remains in feasibility across not only its Western Australia Iron Ore but also its Queensland Coal sites with over 500 trucks being automated in total. Safety incidents with the automated trucks are down by over 80% and the first of several investment decisions are expected by end 2019. Beyond that there will be a staged site rollout from 2020 onwards ie it will be done on a site by site basis. Mr Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, said that “As part of our Transformation program, we expect the gradual deployment of autonomous trucks at our Australian coal and iron ore sites to unlock further efficiencies. A decision to proceed with our first deployment at Queensland Coal’s Goonyella Mine is expected to be made by the end of next month.”

BHP said “In accordance with our Capital Allocation Framework, a decision on the deployment of autonomous trucks will be made on a site by site basis, considering return and risk metrics, as we look to replicate the improvement in haulage costs and reduction in safety incidents seen at Jimblebar.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 22 Aug 2019
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