Coal giant Idemitsu have added a new Liebherr R 9800 excavator and three new ‘ultra-class’ Komatsu 930E dump trucks to its fleet to increase production at its Boggabri Coal Mine in NSW.
The equipment was purchased by National Mining Services, a part of the National Group of companies. The new Liebherr R 9800 excavator was delivered in pieces to the Boggabri Coal Mine and was subsequently assembled over a month period.
The R 9800 excavator has a load capacity of up to 92 tonnes per pass, making it one of the most productive excavators on the market. It has an operating weight with backhoe attachment of up to 882 tonnes and an impressive engine capacity of 2,984kW/4,000HP.
The 930E dump trucks are some of the larger dump trucks available on the market and has a gross operating weight of 553 tonnes, with a load capacity of up to 320 tonnes per load. It comes with a powerful 2,014kW/2,700HP engine.
“The equipment supplied by National Mining Services were fully operational from August and is expected to support our coal production targets into the immediate future,” said Ray Balks, Idemitsu’s general manager of operations at the Boggabri Coal Mine.
“We currently contract National Mining Services to supply our operations with ‘ultra-class’ heavy earthmoving equipment, which has added significant value to our operations.”
According to Mark Ackroyd, managing director of the National group, the mining industry is experiencing the early signs of a recovery, with many companies such as Idemitsu steadily increasing production through the use of ‘ultra-class’ equipment.
“This highlights a turning point for the mining industry and the Australian economy as a whole,” Ackroyd said.
“After several years of a contracting market, it is promising to see large-scale mining operations investing more resources into ‘ultra-class’ heavy earthmoving equipment in order to increase production.
“As for the National Group, we are currently experiencing exponential growth due to the strength of our partnerships, with relationships at the very core of our business.
“We have built a strong industry reputation with key brands such as National Mining Services, which is why the National Group services some of the largest companies in the industry such as Idemitsu.”