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Liebherr Mining has delivered the first T 264 haul truck to Fortescue’s Eliwana iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of WA.

The T 264 haul truck was delivered as part of Liebherr’s deal with Fortescue, which involves 120 zero emission T 264 trucks being deployed to Fortescue by 2030. The deal was originally signed in June 2022.

“We’re really excited by the delivery of our first T 264 truck from Liebherr, which marks an important step in our decarbonisation journey,” Fortescue chief executive officer Dino Otranto said.

“Our partnership with Liebherr is a true example of industry collaboration with a shared vision to decarbonise and eliminate emissions. There will be a phased supply of zero emission haul trucks from Liebherr with the first battery-electric production trucks anticipated to arrive at our Pilbara operations in 2026.”

The initial delivered units will be diesel powered and converted to Fortescue’s in-house battery solution, which was developed by Fortescue WAE (Williams Advanced Engineering).

“Liebherr prides itself on offering products that not only serve customers well in the short term but continue to be of benefit for years to come,” Liebherr Australia managing director Trent Wehr said.

“Our T 264 trucks’ ability to integrate future solutions – such as battery technology – while also providing tangible results today demonstrates our commitment to being a reliable partner for our customers well beyond the initial handing over of a machine.”

Fortescue received Australia’s first prototype system designed for a zero-emissions battery-electric mining haul truck in January 2023, which was developed with Liebherr.