Australia-based Perenti has partnered with technology company ABB to explore solutions to help reduce emissions at underground and open-pit mines.

As part of the agreement, experts from the two companies intend to launch recommendations and strategies to enable mining customers to achieve net-zero emissions mining.

The experts will explore solutions to address electrification in mine hauling operations, power distribution, energy efficiency and power management.

ABB process industries division president Joachim Braun said: “Mining customers are committed to facing environmental, societal and economic challenges head-on as they aim to decarbonise mining operations.

“With ABB’s sector-leading position in electric-mine technology development and Perenti ’s excellence and experience in mine development and mine operations, the scope of this collaboration is a perfect opportunity to make real progress in providing electric solutions that will decarbonise the industry.”

The mining expertise and technical capability of Perenti are said to complement the technological know-how of ABB in exploring business models and solutions to facilitate the electrification of pilot, brownfield and greenfield mining projects.

Perenti managing director and CEO Mark Norwell said that together with ABB, it aims to develop ‘energy-efficient’ technologies for the mining sector.

Norwell added: “By combining our experience across mining operations and digital solutions with ABB’s leading technologies we are focused on supporting the decarbonisation of mining through electrification. We look forward to working with ABB on this exciting new venture.”

In 2021, ABB rolled out the ABB Ability eMine portfolio of technologies and methodologies in an effort to make mining operations all-electric, from mine to port.