More than 60 per cent of Batchfire Resources’ prestrip mining fleet is now powered by electric drive dump trucks, delivering sustainability and productivity benefits across its Callide Mine operations.
The latest investment in six new Komatsu 930E-5 dump trucks maintains Batchfire’s policy of growing the proportion of electric drive machines within its overall fleet capacity. The two draglines operating at the Callide Mine in Central Queensland are wholly electric powered.
Passing the 60 per cent electric drive milestone significantly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide generated during pre-strip mining activities. The new Komatsu 930E-5 dump trucks are around 8 per cent more emissions intensity efficient than the older diesel-mechanical models which are being phased out.
In addition to their impact upon sustainability, these brand-new dump trucks will enhance productivity and deliver improved safety outcomes for Batchfire’s team of experienced operators.
“Continuing to reduce the Callide Mine’s environmental impact and carbon footprint is a key priority for Batchfire Resources,” CEO Allan Fidock said.
“Batchfire is an agile business which places sustainability at the heart of our operations,” Mr Fidock said. “We are constantly seeking new opportunities to reduce our overall emissions and this is reflected in our procurement policy.
“The Komatsu 930E-5 provides us with clear advantages in emission control, productivity and safety so investing in this market-leading model is the right solution for our business.
“In addition to these new machines, we expect to add a further three 930E-5s in the coming months, allowing us to phase out some of our older diesel-mechanical drive models.
“Maintaining our fleet’s high standards of reliability and efficiency, while increasing the size and capacity of the machines we operate, will result in productivity gains that benefit our entire business and emissions reductions that benefit the world in which we operate.”
Mr Fidock emphasised that the procurement of diesel-electric drive machines was one aspect of a broader sustainability strategy at Batchfire.
“Our dedicated ESG and Development team is working with the Board to strengthen ESG practices and identify opportunities to further reduce our emissions,” he said.
“This includes progressing the renewable energy projects which are a central pillar of our transitional energy business model.
“We have also reduced fuel consumption across the diesel-mechanical drive and diesel-electric drive pre-strip and coal mining fleets by investing in MaxMine and other smart solutions. This data-driven approach to operations has improved our operations efficiency.”
Batchfire Resources is a leading Queensland producer of ultra-low impurity, low fugitive emission energy coal.
The coal that Batchfire produces for the domestic and export market is the lowest fugitive emission energy coal mined anywhere in Queensland, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in power generation within Australia and overseas.
To learn more about Batchfire Resources and the Callide Mine, visit their website here or connect with them on LinkedIn.