Wenco wins Whitehaven Coal fleet management contract

Wenco International Mining Systems has won the fleet management contract for Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek mine.

The mine is currently in a major ramp up period, and only last month advertised for 450 new workers for the operation

Despite a decision to stop clearing the Leard State Forest in winter, Whitehaven Coal said its $767 million project is nearly halfway complete, and on track to produce first coal in March 2015.

Wenco's fleet management system will be installed on all vehicles at the coal mine, allowing for real time operating data to be provided on site, as well as maintenance information.

In addition to the main system Whitehaven will also use Wenco's Maintenance Monitor and the MobileST dispatching systems, as well as BenchManager for the mine's earthmoving operations.

Commenting on the win Wenco Systems and Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia sales manager Rod Taylor stated Wenco is "excited to be in business with Whitehaven Coal. They play an important role in Australia's mining industry and we look forward to getting on board with them”.

This isn't the first major win for Wenco in Australia.

The Meandu coal mine has already begun implementing the fleet management systems at its site in line with Hitachi's trial of a fully automated truck fleet at the mine.

The Roy Hill iron ore mega mine also implemented 34 Wenco units across the mine's shovel, truck, and dozer fleet, with additional units likely to be installed as production increases.

Once at full production, Maules Creek will produce 13 million tonnes annually, of which 10.5 million tonnes will be saleable coal, and is estimated to pay $6.5 billion in royalties and corporate tax over the first 21 years of its life. 

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