Underground mining services company Barminco has enlisted RCT to carry out what is believed to be the world’s first agnostic remote installation on Caterpillar’s Hybrid underground loader.
Barminco will be using the Cat R2900XE loader, which has a diesel engine and electric driveline, at the IGO-owned Spotted Quoll underground nickel mine in Western Australia.
“Technology and innovation are two of Barminco’s core components, so it made sense they chose RCT to carry out the installation of this automation project,” said RCT’s Kalgoorlie Branch Manager Rick Radcliffe.
“We are receiving a lot of interest in this project as it is a hybrid loader, which reduces fuel burn resulting in low diesel particulates, which is something companies are looking at doing to mine more sustainably in the future.”
RCT said the project is currently underway with its Kalgoorlie branch completing the installation.