The Australian branch of mining company Anglo American recently announced a deal with National Plant & Equipment for the long-term hire of 12 Komatsu brand dump trucks.
The heavy-duty Komatsu 830E electric drive dump truck, a leading competitor in the 240-tonne class range, has one of the lowest cost-per-tonne operations on the market, making it one of the most sought-after products in Australia’s construction and mining sectors. Thanks to National Plant & Equipment, supply of these trucks is starting to catch up with demand.
In a landmark deal, an order of 16 Komatsu 830Es, each measuring 7 metres high by 8 metres wide, were delivered to National Plant & Equipment and rapidly assembled in late 2017.
According to National Plant & Equipment CEO Mark Ackroyd, “Giving mining companies the option to rent these hugely efficient trucks means they can fluctuate with the supply and demand of their projects and not worry about capital expenditure.”
Twelve of the 16 new Komatsu 830Es have now been dispatched to Anglo American’s Capcoal Surface Operations mine, located in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. Due to the size and weight of the machines, delivery required weeks of preparation and coordination: they were partially disassembled, transported batch by batch using escort vehicles and reassembled on site upon delivery.
The 16 Komatsu 830Es marked an important addition to National Plant & Equipment’s extensive range of available products.
Founded in 1997, National Plant & Equipment is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of heavy earthmoving equipment. Its rental fleet includes various types and brands of excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers, graders, front-end loaders and compactors, among other equipment.