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Anglo American to Overhaul the Existing Truck Fleet at Dawson Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Fri, 04 Oct 2019

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International Mining reported that Anglo American has taken the decision to overhaul the existing truck fleet at its Dawson open-pit coal mine in Queensland, Australia, following the completion of a study weighing the introduction of autonomous haulage systems for a portion of the fleet. While the study found that AHS do present opportunities to improve truck fleet performance, Anglo will be prioritising other measures to achieve safer and more productive operations at Dawson, in line with its productivity program and FutureSmart Mining™ approach, which applies innovative thinking and technological advances to address mining’s major challenges, the spokesperson explained.

A spokesperson for Anglo American said that the AHS study was timed to align with a key decision on whether to undertake major overhauls on the Cat 797 fleet (23 trucks), or replace them. The company announced the study back in June.

The spokesperson said that “Following the completion of the study, the decision has been taken to overhaul the existing fleet, rather than purchase new trucks and implement AHS at Dawson mine at this time. In the future, this decision will be revisited as we look to replace the fleet in a few years.”

The person said that “The accelerating pace of technological innovation, particularly in the areas of digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence, is opening up opportunities for the mining sector to be safer, more productive and sustainable.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 04 Oct 2019
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