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Atlas Copco gets BHP autonomous mining order

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Atlas Copco gets BHP autonomous mining order

Atlas Copco AB (ATCO-A.SK), a provider of sustainable productivity solutions, said Monday it has won an order from BHP Billiton PLC (BLT.LN) for autonomous drill rig upgrades to be used at iron ore mines in Western Australia.

The order, which follows a two-year trial, is for upgrade packages to 18 drill rigs. It also includes couple machines already operating autonomously.

The 20 autonomous rigs will initially be controlled at BHP Billiton’s five iron ore mines in Pilbara, with the longer-term aim of remote operation from Perth, more than a thousand kilometers away, Atlas Copco said.

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