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Southern Queensland Branch

April Tech Talk - Decarbonising Mining: Electrification of Mine Haulage

PD Hours
Join the Southern Queensland Branch on Wednesday 21st April for a panel technical presentation on the electrification of mine haulage and the associated electrical applications and considerations for a mine site.

About this event

Many mining companies are looking at ways to improve their social license to operate and environmental performance through the reduction of carbon emissions.  Electrification of mining operations powered from environmentally friendly sources are seen as a key strategy in delivering this outcome. 

While a range of technologies exist to electrify the mine haulage process, the ever changing nature of mine haulage requires a degree of flexibility that makes it difficult to electrify.  A panel consisting of ABB and RPMGlobal will look at the interaction between mine planning and design and the adoption of these technologies. 

RPMGlobal : Known for software such as mine and maintenance scheduling, RPM’s advisory and consulting division has been active in a number of mine electrification studies.

ABB : As the world leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, ABB offers the full range of charging solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as electrification solutions for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today has a fast-growing global installed base of 8,000 ABB DC chargers, including high power chargers up to 350 kW, installed across 68 countries, more chargers than any other manufacturer.


Moderator : Adam Foot (Mining Engineer & Chair, SQ AusIMM Branch)

Introduction (Ben) – Electrically powered mine vehicles are not new

Mine Haulage (Ben) – The presentation will focus on recent studies conducted by by RPM Global that have looked at the options available and the pathways towards electrification of mine haulage

Mining Infrastructure (Paul) - Innovative Electrical Infrastructure Solutions for Open Pit and Underground Mining

  • Importance of Real time Operations Management and Fleet Management in BEV Mining strategies

Mining Vehicles (Dr. Ali) - ABB technologies to support sustainable transportation for mining vehicles

  • ESS technology and application for mining vehicle
  • Turnkey on-board traction solution (converter, ESS, traction motors) for new/retrofit mining vehicle
  • Overall design process and benefits of hybrid system

Charging Technologies (Steve) - Charging products that fit for purpose and maximize utilization of vehicle

  • Megawatt charging, the next generation of ultra-fast charging
  • Turnkey E-house solution
  • Grid to connector solution

Q&A (Panel)


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Ben Hall

Executive Consultant, Mining and Infrastructure (RPMGlobal)
BE(Mech) GDMining FIEAust FAusIMM CPEng CPMin RPEQ
Ben an Engineer over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. Broadly qualified in Mechanical, Mining, and Cost Engineering he has worked in operational roles in coal, base metals, iron ore, and uranium mines across Australia.  He has been a part of the RPM study team for both greenfields and brownfields projects in Australia, Asia, and Africa, including Project Engineering Manager, infrastructure design, equipment selection and cost analysis. Ben has provided technical advice to various financial institutions and as an expert witness in the fields of mine infrastructure and equipment. More recently he has been involved in a number of projects that have considered a range of technical solutions that can be applied to improve the environmental performance of both underground and open cut mines.  

Dr Ali Parvizi

Marketing and Sales Manager for Traction at ABB Australia
BE (Mech), PhD (Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran)
Ali is responsible for the entire ABB traction product portfolio, including traction converters, energy storage system and digital solutions for rail and road applications. Prior to joining ABB, Ali held management positions within rolling stock manufacturers throughout Europe and the Middle East, including MAPNA Locomotive, Siemens and Vossloh. Ali has published more than 40 technical journal and conference papers in manufacturing and railway technologies.

Paul Barclay

Sales Manager – ABB Mining Solutions in Australia
Paul has over 20 years of experience in offering integrated mining solutions to customers globally.  His experience ranges from Process Control Systems and Electrical infrastructure for Process Plants all the way through to underground mining solutions and Battery Electric Vehicle infrastructure design. With the digital landscape of mining changing at a rapid pace, Paul finds himself assisting more and more customers with turnkey digital solutions while improving their productivity through Production Scheduling and Fleet Management, reducing Energy costs with Ventilation on Demand solutions and providing solutions for a safer working environment.

Steve Armor

Marketing Manager for ABB’s EV Charging Infrastructure portfolio, including electric cars, buses and trucks in the emerging e-Mobility market
Working together with infrastructure partner Chargefox, Steve had a major role in the supply of the ABB’s first public 350 kW High Power Fast Charging stations in the Victorian regional town of Euroa. He is a self-confessed transport tragic and has been working in the Australian electrical industry for over 30 years working in various marketing management and sales roles. Steve brings insights into the rapidly changing world of e-Mobility and ABB’s transport vision of a sustainable, zero emission future.

The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Wednesday, 21 April 2021
5.30pm – 7.30pm (UTC+10:00)

Date and Time

Wednesday, 21 April 2021
5.30pm – 7.30pm (UTC+10:00)


The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000
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AusIMM Member $25.00
Non Member $35.00
Student AusIMM Member $15.00

Includes: Drinks and nibbles
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