BHP and Caterpillar have partnered to develop zero-emissions mining trucks, following months of collaboration on how to sustainably tackle the miner’s energy demands.
As the equipment becomes available, Caterpillar will give BHP first look at it while facilitating training and development for its workforce.
BHP’s chief commercial officer Vandita Pant said this partnership was vital to both company’s goals.
“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Caterpillar to develop and deploy zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP,” Pant said.
“Climate change is a critical global challenge, and we know that partnering with others will help accelerate the transition to a low carbon future.”
Pant also said the collaboration would allow for more tailored solutions of the mining industry.
“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,” she said.
Caterpillar Group president Denise Johnson said collaborations of this nature were important for the future development of the industry and the environment.
“Caterpillar is pleased to work with BHP on the next generation of large mining trucks and mine site technology,” Johnson said.
“Deeply integrating our teams and timelines will allow for faster deployment to deliver zero-emissions solutions.”
The companies will also work together over the coming years to encourage workplace inclusivity to enable the machines to be accessible for a broader slice of the workforce.
Frontline operators will be involved in the design, development and implementation of the machines to ensure they are best suited to those who will keep them running.