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Driverless trucks considered for part of $346M coal project

Anglo American Dawson Coal Mine truck
Anglo American Dawson Coal Mine truck

A multinational diversified mining company is considering to upgrade to a driverless truck fleet at its $346 million coal project in Central Queensland’s Banana Shire.

Anglo American is deciding whether to replace its ageing fleet of 23 CAT797 trucks with an autonomous haulage system at its Dawson Coal Mine, 185km southwest of Gladstone.

The proponent has already started a feasibility study and expects to finish and make a choice before Christmas. The technology could be used in open-pit coal mining operations.

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‘Minimal impact’ on workers

Anglo, which operates five metallurgical coal mines in the Bowen Basin, promises the outcome will have a minimal impact on its workforce.

“We’ve informed our workforce that if the project proceeds, we would work through redeployment options for impacted employees and there would also be new roles created, leading to training opportunities,” Anglo American metallurgical coal chief executive Tyler Mitchelson told Industry Queensland.

“We also understand the importance of locally based employment to our communities, and we have reinforced to our community stakeholders that if the project proceeds, our intent is to protect local jobs and continue to undertake measures to encourage people to live locally.”

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