Imperial Oil Has Now Converted 22 Cat 797 Trucks At Kearl To Autonomous Operation

In its Investor Day 2020 presentation delivered on November 19, Simon Younger, Imperial Oil Upstream SVP had some interesting updates on its strategy of innovation and modernisation acceleration across its operations. Notably the company has given its first update in a while on its autonomous mining truck project at its Kearl oil sands mine in the Athabasca oil sands region of northern Alberta.

It was the first operation globally to automate Caterpillar 797F 363 t ultraclass trucks, beginning with one truck in June 2018, then reached seven by the end of that year, and now says it has reached 22 and is aiming to have retrofitted 25 797F units by end-2020. This year it has also transitioned from using the autonomous trucks for waste haulage to actual oil sands haulage including dumping into the crusher.

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