National Group has been a part of history in more ways than one this past month having recently handed over five of the world’s second largest mining trucks to BHP.
The last of these five trucks is also the final T 282 C to come down under to Australia as Liebherr now produces a slightly different model in the T 284.
To mark this momentous occasion, representatives from National Group, Liebherr and BHP got together at Peak Downs Mine for the hand over and to see the ultra-class trucks in action.
National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd was one of those who made the trip up to North Queensland.
“I’m very proud of the process and the journey that we have had with these trucks” said Ackroyd.
“I know BHP run a large fleet of 282s on site here at Peak Downs and they have been a success story against the competition so we are pleased to be adding another five to their fleet.”
The Liebherr T 282 C mining truck continues to be the lightest (lowest empty vehicle weight) and most capable (highest payload) ultra-class mining truck there is. With its versatility to consistently haul 400-ton (363-tonne) payloads of coal or overburden and its high fuel efficiency, the T 282 C has proven its productivity while maintaining a low cost per tonne.
Liebherr Australia executive general manager – marketing and sales, Tom Juric, was another who made the trip up north to be there in person for the major milestone.
He touched on both Liebherr’s long-term partnership with BHP and the exciting future ahead with National Group.
“The Liebherr T 282 C is the largest ultra-class haul truck in Australia today and it’s actually quite poetic that the last of these T 282 Cs will go to the same company (BHP) that bought the first from us many years ago,” said Juric.
“As for National Group, the journey with them from the first time they set foot in our office to the units sitting behind me has been very quick.
“We knew straight away that they were a serious operator and that their relationship focus was second to none, and so the journey from first encounter to delivery to BHP was smooth.
“They are our ideal customer, we enjoy doing business with the National Group and we see a very long and healthy future with them.”
Handing over the keys to BHP concludes a very successful project for the entire National Group team.
From the new units being shipped out of Liebherr’s manufacturing facility in Virginia, United States, to National Heavy Haulage (a part of the National Group of companies) transporting the trucks from Mackay to Peak downs (watch the haul), and then finally to National Group’s National Mining Services team assembling them on-site, everything went off without a hitch.
With a fleet of over 250 now, most of which are classed as ‘ultra-class’ large heavy earthmoving equipment (HME), National Group is continuing to gain momentum by adding one piece of HME each week. When asked about the momentum building,
Ackroyd summed it up quite simply by saying, “Here at National Group, we are just really excited for the future so stay tuned for what’s to come”.
See the trucks in action at the National Group’s YouTube channel .