CASE STUDY: Haul Road Dust Control

September 6, 2021 Sponsored

Global Road Technology – Bowen Basin Coal Mine QLD, Australia

Our client is a global renowned mining and resource organisation that owns a large scale, long-life open-cut mine in central
Queensland. To properly transport this coal reserves, this mining operation has included over 70 kilometres of haul road, with an average width of 20 metres.

This coal mine has one of the largest coal reserves in the world, amounting to almost one billion tonnes of coking coal. Moreover, the current annual production capacity is more than nine million tonnes of coal and predicted to rise significantly in the next ten years.

Their issues

  • The reduction in visibility on haul roads caused by vehicle generated dust, preventing clear communication between drivers and increased risk of collision.
  • The respiratory and environmental impact uncontrolled dust.
  • The current cost of running water trucks and the potential need to purchase additional trucks to keep dust under control with water alone.
  • The availability of water to manage dust, and pressure to not consume natural resources also in demand from local communities and farming.
  • Regulatory compliance.

Our Solution

As our client was pressured by the local government to reduce the amount of water used in this particular mining operation, with these pressures in mind, our client ultimately decided to transition towards a more sustainable, environmental, and economical solution for managing and suppressing dust, especially on the mining operation’s haul roads.

Furthermore, with the total amount of water resource previously available to the mine reducing at a significant pace due to warmer and dryer temperature, untreated water was sourced from other locations at additional costs.

Similarly, to the other mining operations around Australia, the challenge of managing dust is prevalent in this coal mine.”


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