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BMA to Automate Haulage Operations at Goonyella Riverside coal mine

Coal News - Published on Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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BHP Mitsubishi Alliance will implement autonomous haulage at its Goonyella Riverside coal mine, in central Queensland, next year. BMA Asset President, Mr James Palmer, said that haul trucks would be retrofitted with autonomous vehicle technology, allowing the completion of an extensive study and engagement with the workforce, community and all levels of government. He said “Autonomous haulage will help us improve safety and productivity performance, and it is our people who will be at the centre of making this change a success. While the first autonomous vehicles will not operate at the site until 2020, and full roll-out will take around two years, we want to give people in our workforce and the community as much notice as possible of this change.”

The introduction of autonomous haulage at Goonyella Riverside will involve the staged conversion to an autonomous fleet of up to 86 Komatsu trucks over the next two years. It will build on the mine’s strong production record by increasing truck hours and delivering more consistent cycle times, according to BMA. Haulage automation is also expected to improve safety by reducing risk exposure and decreasing significant events. The first autonomous trucks are expected to be operational in the first half of 2020.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 13 Nov 2019
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