Leading gold mining company Newmont has achieved another industry milestone with the first production delivered from is new autonomous haul truck fleet at one of the company’s key assets – the Boddington gold mine in Western Australia.
Newmont said it would acquire 29 new Cat 793F haul trucks and would convert another seven 793F vehicles already operating on site to autonomous operation.
According to the company’s statement, the training of maintenance and support systems personnel has already begun, with Newmont operators being provided with demonstrations of the new autonomous operations, allowing them to develop an understanding of enabling adoption of AHS technology.
Newmont Australia’s Regional Senior Vice President, Alex Bates, said the company expects its investment to enhance the safety and productivity of Boddington while extending the life of the operation.
“Achieving first production from our autonomous fleet is an important step in the full deployment of the fleet,” Mr Batess said.
“We remain on track to successfully transform our mining operation into an AHS operation by the end of the year. It is a testament to the enthusiasm and professionalism of our team that we have achieved this first milestone safely.”