May 17, 2020

BHP to Expand Driverless Truck Trials: What This Means for Mining

BHP Billiton
driverless mining truck trials
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BHP Billiton
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BHP Billiton get's set to introduce driverless trucks
BHP Billiton is looking to expand its driverless mining truck trials into their New South Wales and Queensland within the next 12 months. These autonomo...

BHP Billiton is looking to expand its driverless mining truck trials into their New South Wales and Queensland within the next 12 months. These autonomous trucks are becoming more common in the iron ore mines in the West Australian Pilbara region. Rio Tinto, one of BHP’s biggest rivals, introduced the trucks to the sector, and is still ahead of BHP in terms of the number of trucks in use.

Rio Tinto will have 40 driverless trucks up and running in Pilbara this year, but BHP is leading the charge to bring the trucks to the east coast of Australia; Rio Tinto has not yet proposed this move for their company. Rio’s 40 trucks is twice the number BHP will have in their mines after they start trials in Wheelara. This is an expansion from their truck testing at the Jimblebar iron ore mine.

Some driverless trucks will be trialled at BHP coal mines, a new frontier for the technology. Originally, the autonomous trucks were designed for use in iron ore mines.

“We’re looking at [...] opportunities in coal to do the same thing, in Queensland and NSW,” said head of BHP Coal, Dean Dalla Valle. “There’s no doubt it will happen, and I’d like to think that within 12 months we will be running trials.”

Although BHP was late into the automated equipment race, this was not because of a reluctance to employ the technology. Now, the autonomous trucks would cut costs by reducing the need to house, feed and employ four drivers. The expansion into autonomous coal transport would be different from transporting iron ore, “but once the system’s up and running, it should work effectively in both,” Dalla Valle said.

The adaptation of this helpful technology will assist BHP’s push towards productivity and efficiency in a market where depressed thermal and coking coal prices have made the sector sluggish. BHP’s coal unit has been at the front of the productivity drive by reducing costs and completing new projects under budget. The Caval Ridge coking coal mine is set to be brought on in Queensland early and under budget.

The sluggish nature of the sector has not just affected BHP - all of the major mining companies would benefit from implementing similar technology within their own operations. Currently, Rio and BHP seem to be the only companies taking advantage of the driverless truck push. Since it is in the trial stage with both companies, and has not been implemented widely, employees and drivers still have a few years before the standard in the industry changes to autonomous.

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

digital mining
Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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