Diversified mining services company Perenti has signed an agreement with global technology company ABB to collaborate and explore approaches to support net zero emissions targets for underground and open-pit mines.
Experts from the two companies will work together to address electrification in mine hauling operations, power distribution, energy efficiency and power management.
Australia-based Perenti has significant mining expertise and technical capability, which complements ABB’s technology expertise. Together, the teams plan to explore business models and solutions to provide wider services for pilot, brownfield and greenfield mining customer projects to support the electrification of operations.
ABB has been calling for open collaboration within the mining industry and has taken action on several similar initial non-binding agreements to build commitments with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), technology innovators and mining companies. Key relationships have subsequently been formalised, with technologies and solutions created as a result of these deals.
ABB process industries division president Joachim Braun said mining customers were committed to facing environmental, societal and economic challenges head-on as they aim to decarbonise mining operations.
“With ABB’s sector leading position in electric-mine technology development, and Perenti’s excellence and experience in mine development and mine operations, the scope of this collaboration is a perfect opportunity to make real progress in providing electric solutions that will decarbonise the industry,” he said.
Perenti chief executive Mark Norwell said ABB and Perenti shared a vision to develop energy-efficient solutions for the mining industry.