Newcrest Mining’s Lihir gold operation in Papua New Guinea is, this month, due to go live with a full installation of GE Mining’s collision avoidance system (CAS).
This follows the CAS being fitted to equipment in the Telfer open-pit mine (Western Australia) and the gradual installation of units at Lihir. Since installation 12 months ago at Telfer, vehicle-to-vehicle collisions have reduced by 33%, Newcrest said in its recently-published sustainability report.
Proximity detection technology has been progressively rolled out across the company following incidents at its operations involving collisions or near misses between vehicles and other vehicles, vehicles and pedestrians, and vehicles and infrastructure.
Supported by Newcrest’s Executive Committee, a working group comprising representatives from Newcrest’s Group Safety, Technology & Innovation, Group Supply, and key stakeholders from each of its sites, developed a strategy to deploy the technology and identified solutions suitable for use in surface and underground mining, supplied by GE Mining and Newtrax Mineprox, respectively.
Newcrest started implementing GE Mining’s CAS at Lihir back in October last year. Around 1,500 employees were to be protected in addition to up to 250 vehicles.
In addition to the GE Mining contract, Telfer and Gosowong (Indonesia) underground operations have awarded tenders to Newtrax to deploy Mineprox on the mobile mining fleets. Contractor mobilisation at Telfer commenced in September 2018.
And there could be more contract awards on the way.
Newcrest said: “Given the anticipated automation and teleremote system programme of works at Cadia (New South Wales), the business has adjusted the criteria for its proximity detection solution and is expected to award a contract soon.”