Newmont Corporation, a worldwide gold mining business, has announced a strategic agreement with Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), the world’s leading manufacturer of mining equipment and technologies, to create a fully connected, automated, carbon-free end-to-end mining system.
Together, they’ll work to make the mine safer and more productive, as well as help Newmont meet its 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets of more than 30%, with the ultimate goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.
“A year ago, Newmont announced industry-leading emission reduction targets because we understand the human contribution to climate change. We followed with a commitment to invest $500 million over five years to identify pathways forward as we firmly believe that we must make bold, lasting commitments to achieve the necessary change for a bright, healthy future,” said Tom Palmer, President, and CEO of Newmont Corporation.
“Today, we furthered that commitment by announcing a new strategic alliance with Caterpillar to address climate change by fundamentally changing the mining industry through the rapid development and implementation of a comprehensive all-electric autonomous mining system to achieve zero emissions mining.”
Building pathways to decarbonization is essential for the future of mining. Newmont’s surface and underground mining fleets are responsible for approximately 40% of the Company’s carbon emissions. Building a new model for surface and underground mining is critical to delivering on Newmont’s emissions reduction targets.
Newmont will also be supporting Caterpillar’s validation of evolving features and functionality within the MineStar suite to be deployed across Newmont’s surface and underground assets globally. This deployment facilitates centralized production and asset management.
“Caterpillar is committed to providing transformational advancements in safety, sustainability, and technology,” said Jim Umpleby, Chairman, and CEO of Caterpillar Inc. “We share Newmont’s dedication to a reduced-carbon future, and we’re honored to work together on this industry-leading effort.”
Under the agreement, Newmont plans to provide a preliminary investment of $100 million as the companies set initial automation and electrification goals for surface and underground mining infrastructures and haulage fleets at Newmont’s Cripple Creek and Victor (CC&V) mine in Colorado, U.S.A., and Tanami mine in Northern Territory, Australia. The goals include:
Introduction of an automated haulage fleet of up to 16 vehicles at CC&V planned through 2023, with a transition to haulage fleet electrification and implementation of Caterpillar’s advanced electrification and infrastructure system with the delivery of a test fleet in 2026. Actions include validating first-of-a-kind battery-electric haulage technology in the years prior to the full production of autonomous electric haulage equipment.
Caterpillar will develop its first battery-electric zero-emissions underground truck to be deployed at Tanami by 2026. The deployment includes a fleet of up to 10 battery-electric underground haul trucks, supported by Caterpillar’s advanced electrification and infrastructure system. This includes first-of-a-kind battery-electric haulage technology for underground mining in 2024, the introduction of battery autonomous technology in 2025, with full deployment in 2026.
Together, Newmont and Caterpillar plan to validate equipment, infrastructure, technologies, and processes to transform both surface and underground mining, focusing on safety, automation, decarbonization, optimization, data, and asset management across Newmont’s global operations. Leveraging Newmont’s scale and operational capabilities, the alliance sets the stage for the rapid development and deployment of the technologies, ultimately improving safety, productivity and energy efficiency across the mining industry.