Komatsu announces 37 930E haulers would be deployed to Vale’s Carajás iron mine, above. Inset, to train locals on operating the haulers, Komatsu opens a training center near the mine. (Photos: Komatsu)

Komatsu reported it will deploy 37 930E ultra-class electrical haulers that will be part of an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) at Vale’s Carajás iron mine. The haulers will leverage Komatsu’s AHS FrontRunner technology. The goal is to have all the trucks operating autonomously by 2024.

As part of the deployment program, Komatsu opened a training center near the mine in August. The center provides operations and maintenance training to upskill local people on the new technologies.

Leadership at Komatsu said the development reflects the miner’s commitment to sustainability. “We look forward to our continued work together to support the skill growth of local workers and ensure a successful deployment that is designed to increase the safety and productivity of this operation,” Masayuki Moriyama, president, mining business division, Komatsu, said.

The move puts AHS at 10 mine sites in four countries, Komatsu reported.