Fortescue Metals Group completed its Chichester Hub autonomous haulage project. The fleet conversion project expanded the Fortescue autonomous haulage fleet to 183 haul trucks operating at Fortescue’s Solomon and Chichester hubs.
The multi-class fleet includes Cat 793F, 789D and Komatsu 930E haul trucks, and has safely traveled more than 52 million km and moved 1.5 billion metric tons (mt) of material since 2013, the miner reported. An additional 900 assets, such as excavators, wheel loaders and light vehicles, are integrated and operated from the Fortescue Hive, the company’s integrated operations center in Perth, Western Australia.
The company said the fleet will deliver productivity and efficiency benefits. “The introduction of AHS technology has improved safety outcomes across our operations and we’re very pleased that the team achieved this important milestone in the truck conversion program to the highest safety standards,” Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said.