Anglo American adds 16 Komatsu 830E trucks to coal operations

Coal operation at the Mt Owen mine in New South Wales. Image: Glencore

Anglo American has entered into a long-term hire of 16 Komatsu 830E (electric drive) haul trucks.

The company has secured 12 of the hire vehicles from supplier National Plant & Equipment (NPE) for deployment at the company’s Capcoal operations in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, with four more to follow.

The 830E trucks are in high demand in the Australian mining market due to their perceived efficiency in cost-per-tonne terms, overall quality and large capacity (though its capacity is slightly smaller than other Komatsu trucks such as the 930E).

They are generally considered a market leader among 240t ultra class mining trucks. Due to their large size — seven metres tall and eight metres wide — transportation of vehicle parts and overall assembly is a complex endeavour.

NPE transported the trucks in sections to its Yatala, Queensland site for building and testing in late 2017.

A previous shipment of 12 830E trucks was assembled by NPE in July 2017, and the company has plans to acquire more of the in-demand trucks later this year.

According to National Plant & Equipment chief executive officer Mark Ackroyd, hiring the trucks gives mining companies the option to “fluctuate with the supply and demand of their projects and not worry about capital expenditure”.

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