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Holcim reducing its emissions with Cat wheel loaders

In an effort to reduce its carbon emissions, Holcim Australia has introduced electric-drive Caterpillar wheel loaders into its quarry operations

Holcim Australia’s quarry sites in Gosnells, WA and Petrie, QLD have introduced the latest Cat 988K XE wheel loaders – the first wheel loaders models from Caterpillar that use a high-efficiency electric drive system.

The company says this initiative will reduce fossil fuel consumption and cut exhaust emissions on both sites, with a third 988K XE loader to be integrated into its Pakenham, VIC quarry.

Compared to its older Cat models, Holcim has found that there is a 35 per cent reduction in fuel consumption in the loaders’ first 500 hours of operation.

Holcim Australia’s aggregates division performance improvement manager Tim Millis says the new technology wheel loaders will be part of the businesses’ ongoing operations, rather than a short-term trial.

“Our HME [heavy mining equipment] Replacement Program represents another step towards fulfilling our operational improvement and sustainability objectives,” he says.

“Across all parts of Holcim’s business, we seek solutions that are both innovative and environmentally responsible, through sound investment and application of impactful technologies.”

Millis also notes that the new loaders have a longer maintenance cycle than the previous models, providing further cost benefits over the life of the machine.

Using the electric-drive wheel loaders will also decrease the total amount of machines needed for Holcim’s Gosnells operations, Millis says.

Also having joined Holcim’s fleet, is a Cat 972 XE wheel loader, that has been added to the Southeast Queensland aggregates business.

The 988K XE loader. Image: Holcim
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