BHP goes green at Escondida Norte

(Image source: BHP) Escondida Norte project.
(Image source: BHP) Escondida Norte project.

BHP (ASX: BHP) is going green at its Escondida Norte project in Chile with the implementation of a mining truck electrification system.

An environmental impact statement has been submitted to the Environmental Impact Assessment System to advance the “implementation of the mining truck electrification system in Escondida Norte project”.

This seeks to assist the movement of this equipment inside the mine by means of a trolley system.

Work includes the construction of a new electrical substation and transmission lines both inside and around the Escondida Norte pit.

The substation and transmission lines will electrically assist the movement of the trucks inside the mine in the areas where they go up loaded with ore and use more fuel.

Instead of using diesel, the trucks will be propelled by electrical power, reducing the operational greenhouse gas emissions and improving productivity associated with truck performance given the higher travel speed.

BHP will invest $371.2m (US$250m) and during the construction phase a maximum workforce of 160 people will be required.

BHP Escondida president Alejandro Tapia commented on the new system.

“The electric trolley system is one of the initiatives with which we seek to move towards a safer and more sustainable way of operating hand in hand with technology,” he said.

“This project will allow us to reduce the fuel consumption of our extraction trucks and thus advance our goal of net zero operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”