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9 JULY 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® New Hydrogen-Powered Mine Haul Truck Anglo American unveiled a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck designed to operate in everyday mining conditions at its Mogalakwena PGMs mine in South Africa. The 220-ton, hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, generating more power than its diesel predecessor and capable of carrying a 290-ton payload, is part of Anglo American’s nuGen™ Zero Emission Haulage Solution. nuGen™ provides a fully-integrated green hydrogen system, consisting of production, fueling, and haulage systems, with green hydrogen to be produced at the mine site. As part of its FutureSmart Mining™, nuGen is Anglo American’s innovation-led approach to sustainable mining, bringing together technology and digitalization to drive sustainability outcomes, including the company’s commitment to carbon neutrality across its operations by 2040. “nuGen™ is a tangible demonstration of our FutureSmart Mining program changing the future of our industry. The mining industry is playing a considerable role in helping the world decarbonize, both through our own emissions footprint and the metals and minerals that we produce that are critical to low-carbon energy and transport systems,” said Duncan Wanblad, chief executive of Anglo American. “Over the next several years, we envisage converting or replacing our current fleet of dieselpowered trucks . . . If this pilot is successful, we could remove up to 80% of diesel emissions at our open-pit mines by rolling this technology across our global fleet.” For a link to this website, visit this page at: MamaJo Called it a Day: A Project Update Adapted from Information by the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana In the May 2021 issue of WorldWide Drilling Resource®, an article titled “MamaJo, Protector of Rivers” provided details about work on Indiana’s Three Rivers Protection & Overflow Tunnel. After pounding through nearly five miles of bedrock over three years working on the project, the tunnel boring machine named MamaJo called it a day. Mayor Tom Henry joined dozens of neighborhood leaders, tunnel and utility workers, and city council members to celebrate the project milestone. “I’m encouraged and impressed by the work that’s being done to protect neighborhoods and preserve our rivers through the MamaJo investment,” said Mayor Henry. Digging through bedrock to create a 16-foot-diameter pipe that will store and transport sewage during heavy rain events, MamaJo often worked three straight shifts over multiple days. Her journey 220 feet below the earth's surface spanned 14 neighborhoods. "When connected in 2023, the tunnel will benefit the entire community by protecting our rivers from combined sewer overflows," said Matthew Wirtz, deputy director of city utilities. "The tunnel will reduce the amount of combined sewer overflow going into our rivers by 94% . . . [and] protect about 45,000 residents and 15,000 properties from basement backups and street flooding." Once the tunnel is completed, most of the overflow will go to the Water Pollution Control Plant for treatment and keep nearly one billion gallons of combined sewage out of rivers. "We appreciate the support of Mayor Henry, the city council, and the many residents and neighborhoods who have supported this important project. Indeed, protecting and strengthening our neighborhoods is essential. But, still, we can also see that our investments are supporting a river renaissance and economic growth in the community," said Kumar Menon, director of city utilities. The deep rock tunnel is the largest construction and public investment project in the city’s history. The $188 million investment is designed with a life expectancy of more than 100 years. World-renowned construction contractors S.A. Healy/Lane Construction, and Salini Impregilo, partnered to construct the tunnel. The companies have built deep rock tunnels in more than 50 countries. Workers celebrated having just one mile to go. MamaJo before work began. C&G