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Anglo mines its coffers for greener pastures by 2030

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Anglo mines its coffers for greener pastures by 2030

By replacing its mine-haul trucks with hydrogen-fuelled ones the company will cut emissions at open-pit mines by 80%

Antony Sguazzin

Four years ago Anglo American couldn’t find any industry partners to support its idea of replacing open-pit mining’s monster diesel trucks with climate-friendly, green hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. 

After investing as much as $70m (about R1.1bn) on its own to back the concept, the global miner revealed last week a new 220-ton vehicle capable of carrying about 290 tons of ore without producing global warming emissions. 

“It’s fair to say our desire to drive this was ahead of a lot of the industry’s ambitions,” Tony O’Neill, Anglo’s technical director said at Mogalakwena, the world’s biggest opencast platinum mine, on Friday. “When it came down to timing we were pretty much alone.”..

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