New Aussie 60t articulated mine truck

New Aussie 60t articulated mine truck

A twin-engine, double-articulated mine truck designed and built in Australia is set to establish a new benchmark for underground haulage efficiency according to developer, Brisbane-based Powertrans.

The DAT60 is said to be the most powerful underground hauler on the market today with 1,100 hp available from its 15 litre QSK15 Cummins engines.

The brainchild of Scott McFarlane, Chief Engineer at Powertrans, the new truck is powered by twin Cummins QSX15 engines.He points out the DAT60 was trialled at Newcrest’s Cadia Valley Ridgeway mine in NSW and with a payload of 68t, achieved 15 km/h on a 14% ramp gradient – evidence of its performance.”

As underground mines go deeper this kind of performance takes on even greater significance,” he says.

McFarlane and the Powertrans team have worked closely with specialist underground mining contractor Byrnecut in the development of the DAT60, and Byrnecut has bought the first unit for operation at Newcrest’s Telfer gold mine.

This article was originally written by John Chadwick, Proprietor/Editorial Director of International Mining magazine –

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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