A massive 19.5 tonne excavator bucket, built by BAE Engineering and Solar, has made its way to Macarthur’s Coppabella coal mine.
L&H Australia took delivery of the bucket.
BAE Engineering manager Mick Daly described the new bucket design as a breaking point for mining operations, according to the Daily Mercury.
L&H is a contractor at Macarthur Coal’s mine.
“The concept for the L&H Omega Bucket was developed by L&H Australia and its engineering design team in the USA, which has over 40 years of bucket design technology in its organisation,” Daly said.
According to Daly, it took six weeks to build.
This new design is light-weight compared to traditional buckets and has the capacity to move 40 tonnes of overburden per load,” he said.
“With the lightweight concept more dirt can be moved, improving mine site production.”
He went on to say that further orders for the massive buckets will come once the production increases are verified.