Rio Tinto and Caterpillar will progress a sequence of improvement milestones to incorporate a 793 prototype pilot program, testing and pre-production trials, Rio stated.
It’s anticipated that the world’s first operational deployment of roughly 35 new Caterpillar 793 zero-emissions autonomous haul vehicles shall be at Gudai-Darri as soon as improvement is full. Gudai-Darri is Rio Tinto’s most technically superior iron ore mine, within the Pilbara, Western Australia
“Our ambition to succeed in internet zero emissions throughout our operations is a precedence. Reaching this ambition would require new and revolutionary options and partnerships with provider companions like Caterpillar. This collaboration represents a small however vital step on that journey,” Rio Tinto’s Chief Industrial Officer Alf Barrios said in a media release.
“We look ahead to working collectively to validate these zero-emissions haul vehicles in only a few years’ time. The superior know-how at Gudai-Darri places it on the forefront of recent mining operations globally and we look ahead to including Caterpillar zero-emissions haul vehicles to the positioning,” Barrios stated.
“The mixing of autonomy with a zero-emissions fleet demonstrates Rio Tinto’s dedication to succeed in internet zero emissions,” Caterpillar Group President Denise Johnson stated.
“By leveraging these applied sciences throughout their websites, Rio Tinto can extra safely enhance productiveness, effectivity and be extra sustainable. We’re happy to be a part of Rio Tinto’s sustainability journey and look ahead to constructing on our long-standing collaboration,” she stated.
In June, Rio Tinto introduced it might deploy the world’s first absolutely autonomous water truck at Gudai-Darri, which can even be produced by Caterpillar. Rio Tinto is assessing a number of challenge scopes for Gudai-Darri Part 2 as a part of an ongoing A$44 million pre-feasibility research.