BHP Billiton’s Mt Keith operation has received the first of two Hitachi 800 tonne excavators.
The Mt Keith Operation machine is the fourth excavator to be commissioned in the world. The first three were delivered to the oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.
Hitachi’s Australian chief operating officer Tak Tagawa emphasised the support structure in place around the country and its implications for all owners and operators of Hitachi mining machinery.
“We are investing heavily to ensure that our product support is the best available,” he said.
“Two factory-trained engineers are now based in our mining office in Brisbane and on-call to travel anywhere in Australia.
“These direct response engineers are backed-up by direct access to the factory in Tsuchiura, Japan, to give the level of support we believe is necessary for our customers in Australia.”
The largest in the ultra-large hydraulic excavator class, the EX8000 excavator is described by Hitachi as the perfect match for the ultra class dump trucks now common throughout the mining industry.
Configured as a face shovel for work at Mt Keith Operation and fitted with a 40m3 bottom dump bucket, the excavator is three-pass loading 240t dump trucks.
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