BHP to employ more people as a direct result of implementing autonomous trucks.

Published On : 05 Mar 2020

BHP’s Newman East (Eastern Ridge) mine to get 20 autonomous trucks by the end of 2020.

The project will:

  • Result in no job redundancies.
  • Create 30 new full-time jobs as a direct result of implementing the new autonomous trucks.
  • 300 employees will receive extensive training in skills that will hold value for years to come.
  • Create more than $33 million in contracts for local Western Australian business that are involved in the implementation process.

General Manager Marie Bourgoin said, “Newman East is home to our innovation centre, so we’re already using technology there that helps us to be safer and more efficient.”

“Autonomous trucks were the next logical step.”

Safer mines, additional full-time staff, extensive training developing skills of the future and providing business to local employers. Sounds pretty good.

The first of the new trucks is expected to be on the ground and running by June 2020.

Should other mines also be automating and creating jobs at the same time?

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