National Group’s heavy transport solution business, National Heavy Haulage (NHH), has transported five ultra-class Liebherr T 282 C dump trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Queensland.
The massive vehicles, one of the largest mining trucks available, required police escort and road closures as they were moved from Mackay to Peak Downs over five separate trips between September and October.
National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd said this was not your everyday type of haul.
“The trucks are some of the biggest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonne so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars,” Ackroyd said.
“It takes a highly efficient and reliable team to deliver a haul of this size and our NHH guys were able to do it without any concerns at all.”
The Liebherr T 282 C has been listed as the equal second largest mining truck in the world.
NHH general manager Ian Scott was surprised with the sheer size of the machines, but was never worried about the capabilities of the fleet of trucks used.
“These were definitely some of the biggest loads we have dealt with but that is what we are known for,” Scott said.
“We utilise top of the range Kenworth prime movers and Drake heavy duty trailers, so when you combine these with a team focus on safely delivering the biggest and best equipment there is, nothing is too hard or too big to shift.”
The mining trucks will undergo a final on-site assemble by National Mining Services, also part of the National Group, now they have been delivered to Peak Downs. They will then be handed over to BHP and put to work.