A resources executive announced autonomous heavy vehicles are highly dependable.
Brandon Craig recently became very excited about fully automated trucks at BHP’s Jimblebar mine, 483km south of Port Hedland. He claimed the driverless fleet had reduced driving-related hazards, improved productivity and reskilled affected workers.
“Jimblebar is an operation that has progressed year on year and has just continued to deliver really reliable, dependable performance and the productivity seems to just go from strength to strength,” the Western Australian iron ore asset president said in a public statement.
Craig believes the mine’s decade of success is partly due to its transition away from human-operated heavy vehicles.
“All the work Jimblebar has done over these last 10 years has really set the foundation, not only for fantastic performance at Jimblebar but it has been the reference for how we pursue automation everywhere else in the business – happy 10 years Jimblebar,” he said.
The proponent separately confirmed it had contributed a combined $60 billion of wages, dividends, supplier payments, taxes, royalties and community investments in the 2023 financial year.
The figure includes:
- $19.1B paid to Australian suppliers
- $18B of taxes, royalties and other payments to governments
- $17.5B of shareholder dividends
- $5.3B of employee wages
- $300 million of traineeships and apprenticeships through the BHP FutureFit Academy
- $86M of community investments.