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Epiroc Minetruck haulers heading to WA

Epiroc has won a large order for Minetruck MT65 S haulers for a new lithium mine in the state

Epiroc has announced a large order for Minetruck MT65 S haulers from global mining contractor Byrnecut. Epiroc says that the MT65 S is the world’s highest payload underground truck at 65 tonnes.

The haulers will be used at the Kathleen Valley mine in Western Australia. The mine, where lithium and tantalum will be sourced, is currently under development, with production targeted to begin in 2024. Lithium is a common mineral in electric vehicle batteries and tantalum is used, among other things, for high-temperature applications such as in aircraft engines.

The equipment order is valued at about SEK 130 million (around A$18.6 million). Epiroc will also provide parts and service support, including service technicians on site.

“We are excited to contribute to the success of the new Kathleen Valley mine, where the production of lithium, especially, will support the acceleration of the transformation to a low-carbon society,” Epiroc president and CEO Helena Hedblom says.

Epiroc underground division president Sami Niiranen adds: “The newly updated Epiroc Minetruck MT65 S is a top-of-the-line machine designed with a focus on safety, productivity, energy efficiency and operator comfort.

“We look forward to continue working together with Byrnecut to make their mining operations successful.”

Epiroc and Byrnecut have a long-standing partnership, and the contractor already runs a fleet of Minetruck MT65 haulers at other mining sites.

The ordered mining trucks have several advanced features, such as Epiroc’s telematics system Certiq, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time. Delivery will begin soon and will continue in 2024 and 2025.

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