Cheap renewables ‘open up hydrogen economy’: Anglo’s O’Neill

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Anglo American's Tony O'Neill addresses the 2022 AusIMM Open Pit Operators conference
Hybrid mine truck has ‘exceeded our expectations’

Cheaper renewable power “opens up the whole hydrogen economy” to miners and their new-generation heavy vehicles, senior Anglo American executive Tony O’Neill told the audience at a major Australian mining conference this week.

O’Neill, addressing the 2022 AusIMM Open Pit Operators conference virtually from London, said the major’s newly launched hydrogen fuel-cell and battery powered, 290-tonne-payload haul truck was using “green” hydrogen produced at the company’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in South Africa.

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