Fortescue boosts autonomous fleet

PRESS RELEASE: Fortescue Metals Group has provided an update on its continued investment in productivity initiatives, such as deploying more autonomous haulage technology (AHS) at mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
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The Solomon Hub

Staff reporter

Since 2012, Fortescue has successfully deployed Caterpillar AHS at its Solomon Hub, with 56 AHS trucks now operating, reporting a 20% improvement in productivity.

Up to twelve 793F trucks will be converted to AHS to further improve productivity across the site.

The implementation plan for the rollout of AHS at the Chichester Hub from FY18 is also underway, including commencement of commercial negotiations with suppliers as well as upgrade of the IT network at both the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines.

Approximately 100 haul trucks will be converted to AHS to deliver productivity improvements equivalent to those achieved at Solomon.

As part of Fortescue’s assessment of options for the Firetail replacement project, the company is investing in an innovative relocatable overland conveyor trial at the Cloudbreak mine.

Together, Fortescue stated, these projects will contribute to sustained productivity improvements across the business through reduced haulage costs to offset rising strip ratios. The investment will occur over the three year period FY18 to FY20 and will be included in the company’s sustaining capital expenditure. Benefits will be partially delivered during FY18 and fully during the following financial years.

Fortescue CEO Nev Power said: “Fortescue is continuing to introduce leading-edge technology across our business to ensure we remain at the lowest end of the global cost curve. Our focus remains on improving safety and increasing productivity and efficiency to deliver ongoing cost reductions.

“These projects will encompass technological advancement, workforce skills development and collaboration with our suppliers to harness the best ideas and position Fortescue strongly for the future.”