“We look forward to partnering with Caterpillar to become the first U.S. copper mine to implement a fully autonomous haulage system and are excited about the numerous benefits it will bring to our Bagdad operation and employees,” said Kathleen Quirk, president of Freeport-McMoRan. “The three-year conversion project is expected to improve safety, optimise our fleet, reduce GHG emissions through reduced idle time and position us to capitalise on future technological advancements in electrification.”
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Command for hauling, Caterpillar has more than 620 autonomous trucks operating with 15 customers on three continents. While operating autonomously, these trucks have hauled more than 6.3 billion tonnes (6.9 billion tons) of material and travelled more than 143 million miles without causing any reported injuries.
“We are pleased to collaborate with FCX as they transition to fully autonomous haulage at Bagdad,” said Denise Johnson, group president of Caterpillar Resource Industries. “The Cat 793 haul truck remains Caterpillar’s most popular autonomous truck model and is well proven to enhance safety, increase productivity, and reduce idle time across multiple operations, including copper mines. Additionally, Caterpillar continues to work with Freeport and other mining companies to introduce new electrification technologies supporting their sustainability objectives.”
Located approximately 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, the Bagdad mine is a porphyry copper deposit containing sulfide and oxide mineralisation. It consists of a near-85,000 tons-per-day (77,000 tonnes-per-day) concentrator that produces copper and molybdenum concentrate and a solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) plant that produces 9 million lbs (4.1 million kg) of copper cathode per year. It is one of the oldest continuously operating SX/EW plants in the world.
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