BelAZ has launched its 240 tonne and 360 tonne mining trucks into Australia today.
For a company that states one in three mining dump trucks around the world are a BelAZ, the lack of an Australian footprint is more than unusual.
However the Belarusian machinery manufacturer has partnered with Australian firm Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) to bring its mining equipment into Australia.
Speaking at the event today, general director of BelAZ Petr Parkhomchyk explained that despite operating for more than half a century the company has never had a real footprint in the Australian market and that it is finally stepping into the Australian region as “now is the right time”.
APEG general manager Shane Halliewell explained.
“Some people say were are coming in at the wrong time, as the boom is slowing down, however APEG will have the sole distribution rights for the vehicles around Australia.
The first two trucks to hit the market are the 240 tonne 75315 and 360 tonne 75601 trucks.
Powered by MTU Detroit diesel engines, the 360 tonne version uses a 20V 4000 series engine which provides 2800 kW of power while the smaller 240 tonne version will feature a 16V 4000 with 1864kW of power.
Parkhomchyk told Australian Mining that the vehicles are built to Australian standards, and the factory had used Rio Tinto vehicle specs to ensure the vehicles were up to Australian mining safety standards.
He added that although “it meets Rio Tinto specifications, it is not specified for Rio Tinto specifically”.
BY using these specifications, BelAZ claims the dump trucks can then be tailored to fit almost any mine site’s needs, and “within four to five months of receiving specifications a truck can roll off the production line”.
According to Halliwell the trucks are designed “delivered to site and working within two to three weeks max”.
However despite two vehicles already delivered to the Hunter Valley, BelAZ and AGEP say they have no plans to actually sell them just yet.
Halliewell told Australian Mining “the two trucks we have now are not for sale until we have total support and infrastructure for more vehicles, we expect the spare parts to arrive in early March”.
“After we have the personnel and spare parts then we are looking to bring in two more 240 tonne trucks and three 360 tonne ones.”
The aftermarket servicing and repairs will be carried out by a small Hunter Valley family owned business, Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs.
Despite being relatively small, the company plans to expand alongside AGEP’s distribution of the new vehicles.
The two new trucks were officially launched at MINExpo, in Las Vegas.
Weir Multiflo will do the no pressure no low loss refuelling systems on the trucks.
The company added that it will unveil its new 450 tonne machine at launch at its Belarusian factory in September, later this year.
The new machine will utilise an articulated frame, and will be powered by two diesel engines with Siemens AC drives.
It will also have two independent axles.