Autonomous Hauling Tackles Sustainable Mining

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Since the start of civilization, gold, silver, and copper have been valued resources. These resources sparked innovation and inspired the creation of new things. The metals shaped our past and continue to shape our present. Newmont Corporation is a mining company that innovatively searches for these valuable resources. Using autonomous hauling, Newmont brings sustainable mining to life.

Autonomous Hauling

The mining industry continues to use advanced technology to dig for metals that helped us create new technology. Newmont incorporates advanced technology from beginning to end for a more sustainable process. An example of new technology in modern mining is autonomous hauling. One of the Newmont’s main goals is sustainability. Dean Ghering, the Executive VP & Chief Integration Officer & Chief Technology Officer at Newmont, says he believes the industry’s future is in automatization and robotics. That allows them to electrify the mining fleet and reduce its carbon footprint.

In 2021, Newmont’s Boddington Mine in Western Australia became the industry’s first to have a fully operational, autonomous hauling fleet of trucks. Boddington is Western Australia’s largest gold mine. Now, it has the industry’s first Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). This system allows a haul truck to do its work without a driver.

Haul trucks play an important role in the mining industry. The hauls are filled with materials and then transported to a dump or crusher. However, the mining hauls are usually in dangerous environments. Therefore, the drivers are also in a hazardous environment when operating the hauls. Taking the driver out of the equation lowers the risk of injury and promotes a safer work environment.

President and CEO of Newmont, Tom Palmer, said, “Simply put, Boddington will be a safer, more productive world-class gold mine in a top-tier jurisdiction.”

Additionally, autonomous hauls increase the mine’s life expectancy by two years. This impact makes for a more efficient mining production. As for the workers who drive the hauls now, the company plans to reskill and retrain them for other positions within the AHS controls.


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