Mine of the Future
Launched in 2008, our Mine of the Future™ programme is about finding advanced ways to extract minerals deep within the Earth while reducing environmental impacts and further improving safety.
Operations Centre - Our Operations Centre in Perth is a state-of-the-art facility that enables all our mines, ports and rail systems to be operated from a single location, greatly increasing opportunities for shared experience and overall system improvement. It incorporates visualisation and collaboration tools to provide real-time information across our demand chain, and will allow us to optimise our mining, maintenance and logistic activities across the Pilbara in a way never before possible.
Autonomous haulage systems - We are set to become the world's largest owner and operator of autonomous haulage system trucks. We currently have 15 autonomous trucks in operation at our Pilbara sites moving high grade ore and controlled from our Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500 kilometres away, and the number of trucks is set to grow in coming years. Implementing autonomous haulage means more material can be moved efficiently and safely, creating a direct increase in productivity.
Autonomous production drills - Autonomous drill systems have been successfully trialled at our West Angelas mine in preparation for deployment into operations. In addition to autonomous operation, the drills have innovative rock-recognition capabilities.
Autonomous train operations - We continue to pioneer in the area of automation with the world's first automated long-distance heavy-haul rail network - known as AutoHaul™ - to be launched in 2014 and completed a year later.
We have invested US $518 million in autonomous trains for our Pilbara Operations rail network. AutoHaul™ will facilitate the additional capacity required during rapid expansions, without needing to make a substantial investment in additional trains. AutoHaul™ will drive productivity improvements, with greater flexibility in train scheduling and the removal of driver changeover times creating additional capacity in the rail network.