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Employer ramps up autonomous conversions

Minera Mining Technologies
Minera Mining Technologies

A multinational company will soon be able to automate mine sites more efficiently.

Worley recently acquired autonomous specialist Minera Mining Technologies to help give more machinery driverless capabilities.

The enlarged entity called Worley is promised to have a much stronger technology and expert solutions team that will enhance its capacity to deliver front-end automation, fleet decarbonisation, electrification, operational benefits realisation, and sustainable mining solutions. This will be achieved through simplifying the process for mine sites to remove human operators from cabins.

“Automation will remain a puzzle unless miners develop horizons that plan the practical application across their assets,” Minera director Martin Boulton said in a public statement.

“With the introduction of Minera, Worley can create autonomous business plans to help our customers define their target technology landscape, along with the delivery capabilities to achieve this operational state. We will also continue development of our autonomous skills training to grow industry capability and ensure solutions are implemented safely and on-time.”

There is also potential to automate more machines beyond Australia’s international borders.

“The world needs more mining but performance and production improvements are required as the energy transition and environmental, social and governance pressure calls for sustainable materials delivered at pace,” Worley global resources sector lead Nick Bell said.

“To meet these demands the industry needs the right partner to identify and adopt new and emerging technologies, often within an operating environment. The acquisition of Minera means we can do just that for our customers all over the world.”

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AMSJ April 2022