National Plant & Equipment (NPE), an Australian company that specializes in providing heavy earthmoving machinery to the country’s mining and civil construction sectors, recently announced the purchase of two Liebherr R 996B excavators.
One of the machines has already been rented out to Fortescue Metals Group, a global leader in the iron ore industry. Fortescue will reportedly dispatch the excavator to the Christmas Creek mine site in Australia’s Pilbara region.
“The Liebherr R 996B is an outstanding piece of equipment with the ability to achieve the most challenging targets,” an NPE spokesperson stated. “It is reliable and has a lifetime guarantee of high performance at low operating costs.”
The excavator was delivered to Perth from Liebherr’s Colmar, France, facility in late June. It is currently undergoing a four-week pre-assembly process by the OEM, after which it will be shipped to Christmas Creek for complete assembly. Fortescue is slated to receive the machine in early September.
The R 996B comes fitted with two V16 Cummins engines engineered specifically for extreme environmental conditions; they are also designed to minimise downtime. Further enhancing operational efficiency are the machine’s high-pressure hydraulic system and optimised pipe and hose layout.
Fortescue will reportedly equip the machine with a Caterpillar (Cat) MineStar Terrain Package receiver, enabling it to communicate with Cat 793F autonomous articulated trucks by exchanging signals through GPS sensors.
According to NPE, the second Liebherr excavator is due to arrive in Australia in September.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Switzerland, Liebherr is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy construction machinery. The company recently marked the completion of its 150th R 996B, first introduced in 2000.