BMA expands autonomous hauling fleet in Queensland

Major BHP and its coal alliance partner Mitsubishi (BMA) have announced a A$100-million investment into 34 new autonomous trucks at the Daunia mine, in Central Queensland.

BMA asset president James Palmer said this is a multi-generational investment in the industry and state at a time when it is needed.

“We acknowledge the important role our business and industry can play in supporting Queensland communities and the local economy during this time.

“This announcement is a vote of confidence in Central Queensland. At least ten regional and indigenous businesses will be employed to support the roll-out, with contracts worth A$35-million. This will result in 150 additional project roles for BMA people and contractors. This is on top of 56 new permanent roles on site.

“There will be no job losses as a result of this decision and anyone who currently works with us, be it an employee or labour hire worker, will be given the opportunity to continue to do so,” he said.