Perenti has signed an agreement with 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, the companies said.
Australia-based Perenti has 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. This includes pacts with FLSmidth, Amazon Web Services, MEDATech, Liebherr and others.
“Mining customers are committed to facing environmental, societal and economic challenges head on as they aim to decarbonise mining operations,” Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB, said. “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.”
Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO, Perenti, said: “ABB and Perenti share a vision to develop energy-efficient solutions for the mining industry. By combining our experience across mining operations and digital solutions with ABB’s leading technologies we are focused on supporting the decarbonisation of mining through electrification. We look forward to working with ABB on this exciting new venture.”
ABB launched its ABB Ability™ eMine portfolio of technologies and methodologies last year, an approach to make the all-electric mine possible, with fully integrated electrification and digital systems from mine to port.
Perenti says it is committed to acting on climate change through promoting innovation, developing and deploying low emissions technology and working with its clients to implement projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.