In this two-part blog post we’ll be exploring CMIC’s Alternative Haulage project.
The role of roadmaps in project conceptionHaulage was identified as a major priority for operations in both surface and underground mining during a 2018 Roadmapping Workshop. During this workshop, industry members met to discuss their greatest challenges and identify gaps in technology or fundamental knowledge. The result was a roadmap to the future of surface mining that created new design principles and provided a pathway to address these major challenges and ultimately a new future state for surface mining. This workshop, and the design principles employed to create the surface mining roadmap of the future, built the the foundation for collaboration. In a subsequent strategic planning session, mining companies identified haulage as one of their biggest cost drivers, while also offering great potential for improvement.
The current state of mining haulage
Most haulage is currently undertaken using trucks because they are efficient and flexible. But the diesel emissions associated with trucks is of huge concern to mining companies, particularly as most of them have greenhouse gas reduction targets. So there is a great deal of interest in moving toward electric vehicles or autonomous mines.The immediate aim of the project is to integrate alternative haulage technologies into existing fleets that will result in multiple benefits, including:
- Reduced capital costs
- Reduced operating costs
- Reduced GHG emissions
- Safer operations
- More efficient haulage
The project teamA consortium was created to focus on evaluating transportation options for ore or waste, for different terrains or slopes, and for different haulage distances and segments. The team consists of the following members:
- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd
- Glencore LLC
- Teck Resources