Electric Truck Fleet to Boost Mine Efficiency at Conuma Coal Resources
Conuma Coal Resources Limited is pleased to announce the replacement of a fleet of haul trucks at its Wolverine Mine with 5 new Komatsu electric 830E-5 models supplied by SMS Equipment Inc. Conuma is a Canadian metallurgical coal producer with more than 950 employees and 3 surface mining operations near Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia.
Based on comprehensive engineering and financial analysis, Conuma determined that the deployment of new Komatsu 830E-5 haul trucks at Wolverine would meaningfully increase production at the mine, largely due to the improved overall availability of the Komatsu electric drive haul trucks. Contributing factors include easier maintenance and higher durability. The 830E-5’s are also quieter and more fuel-efficient than the existing haul trucks.
“Conuma is confident that we have chosen the right partners for results with Komatsu equipment and SMS Equipment’s parts, service and support. Their proven results and experience speak to the quality of their products and service,” noted John Schadan, Conuma’s president.
The first 830E-5 was released to the mine at the end of August 2019, and the remainder of the fleet will be delivered over the next 2 months. The new trucks complement existing equipment that SMS Equipment supports on Conuma’s mine sites.
“SMS Equipment is committed to working with Conuma through the long-term to ensure full support, resulting in maximized uptime and availability of their Komatsu fleet,” said Dennis Chmielewski, executive vice president of Mining at SMS Equipment.
“We are honored to have our trucks supporting Conuma’s Wolverine Mine operation and are excited to help the mine realize its operational targets by providing consistent quality and reliability,” said Daniel Funcannon, vice president & general manager, Mining Division, at Komatsu.
The Komatsu 830E-5 electric truck leads the 227 t class market with its proven durability and reliability. Powered by a 2500 hp Komatsu SDA16V160 engine, the drive system provides efficient transfer of power to the ground while realizing low fuel consumption and excellent reliability.
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