BHP and Caterpillar to develop zero-emissions mining trucks

BHP and Caterpillar are teaming up to develop zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP sites to reduce emissions.

The move is the result of over 12 months of collaboration in analysing energy demands and the options to apply this new technology.

BHP revealed it will have early access to zero-emissions equipment developed by Caterpillar and hands-on learning opportunities to ensure successful deployment.

Over the coming year, BHP added that it plans to provide frontline operator and maintainer input into the Caterpillar design process, to support the development of machines that can be operated and serviced by a ‘broader range of the workforce’.

Vandita Pant, BHP’s chief commercial officer, said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Caterpillar Inc. to develop and deploy zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP. Climate change is a critical global challenge and we know that partnering with others will help accelerate the transition to a low carbon future. The opportunity for our teams to input into the design process also gives us confidence that the trucks will be safer and easier to operate for a workforce that’s more diverse than ever.”

Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president, commented, “Caterpillar is pleased to work with BHP on the next generation of large mining trucks and mine site technology. Deeply integrating our teams and timelines, will allow for faster deployment to deliver zero-emissions solutions.”