Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    FMG drives high-tech frontier

    30/06/2020 10:45 AM
    • Minister Johnston officially opens Fortescue Hive, employing 330 people  
    • Expanded Perth operations centre delivers further productivity and increased safety

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today opened a state-of-the-art expansion of Fortescue Metal Group's (FMG) Integrated Operations Centre.


    Officially named the Fortescue Hive, the East Perth-based centre uses the latest technology to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of the company's operations across the State.


    Activities at the hive include operating FMG's autonomous haulage and drilling technology, and the real-time monitoring of its iron ore processing facilities, mine sites and port.


    Western Australia's iron ore sector, which accounted for more than a third of global iron ore production in 2019, is a world-leader in deploying autonomous mining equipment.


    Since the introduction of autonomous haul system technology, FMG's 168 autonomous trucks have travelled more than 47 million kilometres and moved more than 1.4 billion tonnes of material.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I congratulate FMG on the opening of the Fortescue Hive and its many advances in automation.


    "WA's iron ore sector continues to drive the digital mines of the future, reinforcing our reputation as a global leader in smart mining.


    "This technology is not only transforming the iron ore industry, but is being trialled by other commodity groups such as the gold sector.


    "Innovative centres such as the Fortescue Hive are a great win for worker safety, with a number of companies reporting improved safety outcomes across the State.


    "The McGowan Government will continue to support programs and opportunities that upskill our workforce to ensure we meet the technological requirements of the future."


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