South32 Cannington is set to put the largest underground truck in the Cat product line to work.
The North West Queensland operation took delivery last month of the world’s first AD63 to site, according to dealer Hastings Deering.
With a 63-tonne payload, the AD63 boasts a Euro Stage V engine and tilt cab for easier maintenance.
South32 Cannington vice-president operations Joe Russell said work was underway to tailor the vehicle to the specific requirements at Cannington.
“Once the truck enters full operation it will replace an older vehicle in our fleet,” he said.
“The AD63 will be used in conjunction with the rest of the underground trucking fleet to move material to various locations within the South32 Cannington mine site.
“The AD63’s engine specifications will help us to further reduce emissions, resulting in good outcomes for the environment and underground air quality.”