Australia’s first Scania XT trucks head to the Pilbara

The XT truck. Image: Scania.

Scania’s first new truck generation XT mining chassis have arrived in Australia and will be used by a mining company in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Two Scania NTG 450 8×4 twin steer chassis have been fitted with 40,000-litre Shermac water cart bodies for the miner.

The tailor-made Shermac bodies are more than double the capacity of those fitted to traditional road-going trucks used on mine sites. They are designed to replace mine-specific road train combinations.

Scania’s XT trucks offer the customer a more cost-effective solution to the requirement for dust suppression and road building assistance on site, according to the company.

Robert Taylor, Scania Australia mining general manager, said the Pilbara mining company had for the past year experienced operating a fleet of its trucks on site as service vehicles, flatbeds and technical support vehicles.

“The trucks were in service 24-hours per day, 7-days per week and have clocked up around 70,000km on-site in their first 12 months. They have been very reliable in service and the drivers enjoyed the comfortable and quiet Scania cab,” Taylor said.

“When we were discussing the replacement of the customer’s existing water carts, we suggested a more flexible solution, in the form of the NGT G 450 XT 8×4 as they could handle the higher payload of 40,000 litres for a GVM of around 66 tonnes.”

The mining company will have the water carts on call 24/7 so reliability is very important, Taylor continued.

“They work in an extremely harsh environment where there is a lot of dust and heat and so water cart availability is critical to the mine’s operations. The vehicles will be serviced on-site to maximise uptime.” Taylor said.

“Creating this new high-capacity water cart underscores Scania’s ability to configure a vehicle exactly to a client’s needs.”

Scania has designed the XT range for challenging conditions like what Australia experiences. The truck is also developed for being able to source and fit a suitable body.

It was the first time Shermac had built a water cart of 40,000 litres capacity for a four-axle, road-going truck.

Jim Ray, who controls sales management at Shermac, said the client wanted to combine the flexibility of a road-going truck with water capacity approaching that of heavy mining gear, in order to maximise availability and ease of maintenance.

“Scania has shown us that it has a lot of experience working globally with mining partners, and they said they were confident that the 8×4 chassis would be suitable for this payload, having seen 66-tonne payloads used widely in tipper configurations in South American and Indonesian mine sites,” Ray said.