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Newmont Goldcorp is considering whether to automate a fleet of 39 haul trucks at its Western Australia operations, the company said last week.

The company plans to release a autonomous haulage study later this year for its Boddington Gold Mine.

Tom Palmer, who will become Newmont Goldcorp's CEO this October, made the announcement on an investor call announcing the company's Q2 results.

Palmer says the vendor being considered is Caterpillar and its Cat Command technology.

Boddington Mine is an open-pit gold and copper mine with 2,000 employees and contractors. Recent annual mine production was 709,000 ounces of gold and 77 million pounds of copper.

Western Australia is a hotbed for mine technology and automation with BHP Billition and Rio Tinto operating extensive automation programs in the state.

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