Adani Mining inks deal with Komatsu for Carmichael coal project
The world’s future largest coal mine will be supplied by Komatsu mining trucks.
Adani Mining, the company behind the $16.5 billion Carmichael coal project in Australia, has awarded equipment manufacturer Komatsu Ltd with an order for 55 units of 960E-2 and 930E-4SE super-large dump trucks. The deal will see Komatsu deliver the vehicles in the second half of 2016 for use at its coal mine in Queensland, Australia.
Adani Australia COO Samir Vora said: “An integral component of the success of the mine will be using the most innovative, efficient, reliable and cost-effective equipment. In partnering with Komatsu, we are confident that we have chosen the right solution."
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Located in the Galilee Basin of Queensland, the Carmichael coal project is a part of Adani’s vision to implement the world’s first fully autonomous mining operation comprised of mine, railway and port. The mine is expected to produce 60 million tons of coal per year with an estimated operating life of approximately 90 years.
Earlier this year Adani Mining CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj hinted at what the company would need in terms of mining trucks.
“We will be utilizing at least 45, 400-ton driverless trucks. All the vehicles will be capable of automation. When we ramp up the mine, everything will be autonomous from mine to port.”
The deal with Komatsu appears to be one of the last remaining pieces for the project. Adani has already secured contracts with Downer EDI for mining services and construction of mine infrastructure, and POSCO for the engineering, procurement and construction of the rail.
Adani is expected to complete contracts for the coal handling plant and mine construction later this year.
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Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal
Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.
The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity.
The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation.
An Exciting Venture For Global Mining
CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost.
“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said.
A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance
Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.
“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining.
It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.