“This is the first time a ‘truckless’ solution will be used on a large scale at an iron ore mine,” according to the company.
It stated that using “a truckless system significantly reduces operating costs and produces lower carbon emissions.
“If the S11D mine were to be operated using trucks it would need around 100 trucks and consume 77% more diesel per year.”
This new contract will see ABB supply a 230 kilovolt in-feed substation to connect the mine to the grid, as well as 42 secondary substations.
These secondary substations will be self-contained in ABB’s e-houses, prefabricated, walk-in, modular, outdoor enclosures.
ABB will also supply the motors driving the mine’s conveyor belts.
According to ABB’s head of process automation division, Velo-Matti Reinikkala “this project will also allow Vale to increase production by approximately 90 million tonnes, while reducing emissions and improving operational efficiency and process safety”.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a pallet
guideline that is intended to improve efficiencies in the supply chain.
“The Australian logistics industry is heavily reliant on
Pooling Equipment and the new ALC Guideline is an important step forward for
the industry, as it delivers for the first time an industry-wide approach to
the use of pallets,” Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director said in a statement.
He added – “The key is to be aware, understand, and build an
accurate process that follows the goods as they move through the supply chain.
This gives rise to a set of responsibilities and expectations on the part of
all parties handling pooling equipment, which are set out in the ALC Guideline.”
According to Kilgariff, the ALC Guideline is based on six
pallet management fundamentals and aims to achieve greater standardisation
along the entire supply chain based .
In addition, it outlines the roles and responsibilities of
those in the industry, including companies who use pallets and hold them until
they are returned to pooling equipment companies.
Apart from spelling out the roles and responsibilities of
all parties, the guideline includes a best practice outline, a plain
English guide, and dispute resolution advice and procedures.
However, the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is not happy with the guideline’s approach to dispute resolution.
VTA Chief Executive, Neil Chambers said in a statement that the ALC has missed an opportunity to work with all supply chain
parties to reform the current pallet hire regime, and to pursue workable
dispute resolution avenues.
Marcel Braud, Manitou’s chair, added that “he made himself available at a pivotal moment in our history that required a realignment between profitability and development”.
“During this period his stabilised financing for the next five years, reduced the debt and initiated a combination of optimisation programs and developments which the group should benefit from in the upcoming years.”
Braud went on to welcome Denis to the position, stating that “his experience will permit him to continue the operating reforms already launched and accelerate the Group’s adaption to the market’s evolution”.