77 Haul Trucks To Be Retrofitted By Roy Hill

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Roy Hill is opting to convert its current fleet of 77 haul trucks from manned to autonomous, following suit of major mining players such as BHP and Rio Tinto.

The company, which is majority-owned by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, stated they had come to an agreement with ASI Mining and Epiroc to facilitate the conversion.

The company will need to work with other technology partners, as well as some extra automation specialists, to execute the project.

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Roy Hill said in a statement that the solution “will have the ability to expand to other mining vehicle types and manufacturers, as well as capability to integrate with existing and future Roy Hill systems.”

“As part of this project Epiroc/ASI Mining will work closely with Hitachi/Wencomine on truck conversion and integration of Roy Hill’s existing Wenco fleet management system,” the company said.

“Epiroc and ASI Mining will bring together a highly credentialed delivery team based in Western Australia who will leverage the knowhow of a worldwide team of experts.”

Eight trucks will form the initial phase of “testing and production verification” as the project will be implemented in stages. Full fleet expansion of the new technology is expected from mid-2021.

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Roy Hill said it would manage a transition of haul truck operators impacted by the fleet automation “to other roles”.

“Roy Hill is well-positioned to transition to automation,” CEO Barry Fitzgerald said.

“Our teams on-site and in our remote operations centre (ROC) in Perth have demonstrated a clear capacity to deliver complex projects, sustainable change and operational excellence with the recent success of the autonomous drill program and fleet optimisation initiatives.

“Now is the right time to bring the combined expertise of Roy Hill, Epiroc, ASI Mining and Wenco together to convert our haul truck fleet.”

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