Driverless fleet fitted out

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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Caterpillar autonomous truck waits for loading as a shovel completes loading another.
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Fortescue Metals Group marked a significant milestone last week after trucks fitted with autonomous haulage technology started operation at Christmas Creek.

The conversion of 100 haul trucks at its Chichester Hub means the mining giant is the first iron ore operation in the world to have a fully autonomous fleet.

Chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said Fortescue had a proud history of embracing leading-edge technology to ensure the company remained at the lowest end of the global cost curve.

“Innovation and technology is fundamental to driving sustained productivity and efficiency improvements across the business, ensuring we continue to deliver returns for our shareholders and key stakeholders,” she said.

“Most importantly, the introduction of AHS technology is leading to improved safety outcomes by significantly reducing the risk to our team members.”

Since the introduction of the technology at Solomon in 2013, AHS trucks have moved over half a billion tonnes of material and achieved an increase of more than 30 per cent in productivity levels.

Ms Gains said FMG would be working closely with team members to offer professional development opportunities to expand their capabilities and provide pathways to a range of roles throughout the company.

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