Boliden Kevitsa receives first Komatsu haul trucks
Boliden has received the first haul trucks from Komatsu as part of the investment for the new truck fleet in Kevitsa and Aitik. The delivery also marks the entry of Komatsu electric dump trucks into the European market.
For Kevitsa 17 Komatsu 830E-5 will be delivered until January of 2020 and for Aitik 9 Komatsu 930E-5 will be delivered until April 2020. The new trucks are the first EU Stage-V haul trucks, significantly reducing diesel exhaust emissions. The new trucks will also provide improvements in operator environment and safety.
The Komatsu 830E-5 have a 220 ton payload and will replace the current truck fleet in Kevitsa and reduce production cost in the mine. To further increase efficiency and productivity, the trucks will be equipped with dispatch and maintenance systems from Modular Mining to enable optimized production and tracking as well as supporting maintenance of the fleet.
To mark the delivery milestone of the first truck a handover ceremony was arranged in Kevitsa on July 10 as a joint event by Boliden and Komatsu together with key partners in the project.
During the event, strategies and technical solutions were presented by executives such as Boliden President and CEO, Mikael Staffas, and Managing Director and CEO of Komatsu Europe, Masatoshi Morishita.
Mikael Staffas says: “This is an important step in the development of our open-pit mines while improving our environmental performance from an already strong position. This not least because we now create opportunities for increased electrification and related productivity development.”
Masatoshi Morishita says: “Today is a milestone for Komatsu Europe. With the delivery of first CE-certified Electric Dump Trucks to Boliden, Komatsu can offer a full line-up of mining products and solutions in Europe as well. We aim this will only be the start.”