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Thiess Autonomous Drilling System in Operation at Lake Vermont Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Image Source: Thiess Lake Vermont Coal Mine
The introduction of a second drill on site will see Lake Vermont become the first coal mining operation to have two multi-pass fully autonomous rigs drilling side by side. Since the introduction of autonomous drills at the project, Thiess has drilled over 3,000 holes equating over 90,000 metres. The two Epiroc Pit Viper 275 (drills use state of the art guidance technologies to assist operators drill holes to the exact location and depth specified by the drill plan, resulting in proven performance and reliability.

The current multi-pass capability enables operators to drill holes up to 59.4m deep and 171mm to 270mm in diameter. Future development will enable greater depth capacity, with the Epiroc PV-275 capable of drilling holes up to 72m deep.

Thiess will continue to provide full-service mining operations at Lake Vermont Coal Mine, including autonomous drilling and semi-autonomous dozer push, under a new five-year contract extension commencing from 1 January 2022.

As part of this offering Thiess will welcome a third Epiroc PV-275 to the project later this year.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 22 Sep 2020
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