With the Race to Zero already underway, Kuuwa Rentals and Worley have joined forces. Together they have completed the first of its kind feasibility study that sees Australian mines swapping out their fleet with the cleanest, safest and most economical solutions in line with their own 2030 targets.  

The program, Charge Forward, will offer the industry a comprehensive turn-key solution. With 100,000 light vehicles currently on sites across Australia, each with an average life span of 4.5 years the industry will be looking to change over 20,000 a year to meet targets.

“This is a major milestone in our journey to decarbonise the mining industry,” said Wes Chapman, Managing Director of Kuuwa. “The study shows that mine electrification is a viable and cost-effective way to reduce emissions, and we are excited to work with Worley and the mining industry to make it a reality as part of the Charge Forward program.”

The initiative will look to ease the transition to electric light vehicles to begin with, but work has already started on truck, bus and plant options.

“This study is a game-changer for the mining industry,” said Paul Lucey, Principal Mine Electrification & Technology at Worley. “It shows that mine electrification is not only possible, but it is also the best way to reduce emissions and save money, especially as part of the Charge Forward program.”

Key findings:

  • A number of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solutions suitable for the rugged mine site environment.
  • A comprehensive process flow that not only delivers a BEV but the necessary supporting infrastructure.  
  • A complete governance framework to protect and advise all parties.
  • A suitable operating model to support the mining industry through this transitional period.

About Kuuwa: Established in 2019, Kuuwa is an Indigenous owned business in Western Australia supplying vehicles and equipment to mining, civil and resource projects Australia wide. Kuuwa offers bespoke equipment and premium brands with flexible hire terms. As a commercial arm of an Aboriginal Corporation, Kuuwa supports Aboriginal communities and people through strategic partnerships and directing profits to projects that promise long term success and growth.

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