Thiess has added five of Liebherr’s electric T 264 haul trucks to its operations in Chile, each with a 240-tonne payload to increase the company’s production capacity in the South American industry.
Between 2015 and 2020, Thiess moved around 70 million cubic metres of mined material.
Now with the latest in Liebherr mining equipment, Thiess will use the T 264s to speed up its run rate.
Thiess executive general manager Americas Darrell White said the region was increasingly important to Thiess, demonstrated by its increased investment there.
“South America is essential to Thiess’ long-term growth and building our diversification into commodities such as copper and gold,” White said.
“This commitment to new fleet follows our recent investment in infrastructure, which includes a dedicated maintenance workshop, and building workforce capability through in-house and industry scholarship and pathway programs.
“The T 264s boost our fleet numbers and provide our clients with the opportunity to increase production capacity.”
After a 30-year partnership between Thiess and Liebherr, it’s no surprise the mining services provider chose to rely upon the T 264.
Liebherr Chile mining division director Dale Clayton explained just how these trucks benefit Thiess on site.
“The T 264 truck has a 240-tonne nominal payload capacity and an impressive payload to empty vehicle weight ratio, leading to faster acceleration speeds, better speed on grade and higher hauling capacity resulting in shorter cycle times and a lower cost per tonne,” Clayton said.
“The combination of a high-power Cummins QSK60 2,700 horsepower (2013 kilowatt) diesel engine with the extremely efficient Liebherr AC electric propulsion system allows for maximum productivity and reduced downtime.
“Our La Negra Facility and Reman Centre is well placed to provide spare parts and components as well as training and technical support, and our teams are experienced in servicing mining fleet in the unique conditions Chile offers.”
The trucks will be manufactured in Virginia, in the United States, before being shipped to Chile.