Caterpillar to make its presence known at Mining Indaba
Caterpillar will roll into Mining Indaba next month as the company plans to present its range of innovative technologies and services. Music to the ears of the current mining industry, there will be a focus on optimising operations, whether surface or underground, newly developed or long lived.
The Caterpillar exhibit, stand number 726, will feature digital displays of surface and underground equipment as well as Cat MineStar™ System capabilities—ranging from machine health monitoring and data management to fully autonomous machine operation.
Barloworld Equipment, the Cat dealer in the region, will staff the exhibit with experienced personnel able to provide both technical information and practical insights. Additionally, Cat Financial personnel will be on hand to discuss customised finance—for both projects and equipment—and extended protection solutions designed to keep business moving forward.
The age of smart iron
Caterpillar recently announced a number of new machines designed to make best use of technology to drive costs down. The new MD6420C Rotary Drill is autonomy ready and optionally equipped to leverage the safety and productivity benefits of Cat MineStar Terrain. This high-precision drill management system optimises utilisation and improves drilling and blasting operations by accurately guiding the operator and improving precision of hole placement and drilling depth.
Caterpillar offers a full range of productive mechanical drive trucks as well as two models of AC electric mining trucks. The newest is the 794 AC Large Mining Truck, which delivers 291-tonne payload capacity, class-leading speed on grade, superior four-corner braking and easy access for maintenance.
The underground hard rock mining product line features the new AD22 Underground Truck. The 22.0-tonne-payload articulated dump truck is designed to deliver the productive performance and durability of its proven, larger counterparts. Its small operating envelope and agile characteristics enhance productivity in any mining application suited for this size class.
Caterpillar is also featuring the newly announced R1700K underground loader (LHD). The new K Series model features multiple systems enhancements for lower costs while boosting productivity. A new cab with superior ergonomics helps operators perform efficiently. As a safe and productive alternative to in-cab operation, Cat Command technology enables teleremote and autonomous operation of the new LHD and others in the Cat line.
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Global iron ore production to recover by 5.1% in 2021
Global iron ore production fell by 3% to 2.2bnt in 2020. Global production is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% to 2,663.4Mt between 2021 to 2025. The key contributors to this grow will be Brazil (6.2%), South Africa (4.1%), Australia (3.2%) and India (2.9%). Key upcoming projects expected to commence operations include South Flank in Australia (2021), Zulti in South Africa (H2 2021), Serrote Da Laje in Brazil (H2 2021) and Gudai-Darri (2022), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Vinneth Bajaj, Associate Project Manager at GlobalData, comments: “Declines from Brazil and India were major contributors to the reduced output in 2020. Combined production from these two countries fell from a collective 638.2Mt in 2019 to an estimated 591.1Mt in 2020. The reduced output from the iron ore giant, Vale, was the key factor behind Brazil’s reduced output, while delays in the auctioning of mines in Odisha affected India’s output in 2020.
“Miners in Australia were relatively unaffected by COVID-19 due to effective measures adopted by the Australian Government, while a speedy recovery in China led to a significant 10.4% increase in the country’s iron ore output.”
Looking ahead, the global iron ore production is expected to increase by 111.3Mt to 2,302.5Mt in 2021. Rio Tinto is expected to produce up to 340Mt of iron ore, while BHP has released production guidance of 245–255Mt, supported by the start of the Samarco project in December, which is expected to produce between 1–2Mt.The company has retained its guidance for Australian mines at 276–286Mt on a 100% basis, due to scheduled maintenance work at its ore handling plant and tie-in activity at the Area C mine and South-Flank mine.
Bajaj added: “The remaining companies are expected to produce more than 600Mt of iron ore, including FMG, whose production is expected to range between 175–180Mt supported by its Eliwana mine that commenced operations in late December 2020, and Anglo American, which is expecting to produce between 64–67Mt. Vale is expected to resume 40Mt of its production capacity, taking its overall production capacity to 350Mt in 2021, with production guidance of 315-335Mt.”