May 17, 2020

[VIDEO] General Electric Tests Battery Operated Trucks at IAMGOLD Mine

Fairchild Battery Powered Load Dump
General Electric
General Electric
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[VIDEO] General Electric Tests Battery Operated Trucks at IMGOLD Mine
General Electric (GE) (NYSE:GE) is leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future.The company has partnered with IAMGOLD to test i...

General Electric (GE) (NYSE:GE) is leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future. 

The company has partnered with IAMGOLD to test its Fairchild Battery Powered Load Dump (LHD) at the company’s Westwood underground mine in Canada. The vehicle is designed to emit 100 percent zero emissions, operating entirely on battery and propulsion technology. 

Additional benefits include reduce maintenance requirements, lower fuel costs, reduced life cycle costs, and regenerative breaking.

“We’re getting rid of the diesel emissions, we’re getting rid of the noise, the heat, and the battery changing is really quick,” says GE Mining Engineer Remi Desrosiers.

The new battery-powered load dump provides lower cost of ownership, including maintenance and fuel consumption, while minimizing its carbon footprint. The LHD is also designed to handle the harshest conditions, providing higher productivity and a cleaner, safer & quieter mine environments.


  • Total Length: 339.2 in.
  • Maximum Width: 99.4 in.
  • Height w/ Canopy: 72.0 in.
  • Frame Height: 51.0 in.
  • Minimum Ground Clearance: 11.3 in


GE’s Fairchild Mining Equipment is offering the latest in battery-powered machinery including scoops, loaders, and more. The company's commitment lies in finding sustainable solutions for the mining industry. 

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Jul 17, 2021

Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal

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Coal India Limited has secured a new deal with Accenture Solutions to consult on enhancing mining performance and production through a digital endeavour

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.

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