Mechanical might

Paul Boughton

Komatsu’s power is being harnessed in the development of Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine, which looks set to be Namibia’s largest commercial undertaking. The Komatsu fleet will be more than 50 products on completion of delivery, the most powerful of which will be 23 of its 960E-2KT electric dump trucks (EDTs).

The 960E series is the largest off-road mining vehicle produced by Komatsu. Some of these EDTs are already in use at the Husab mine.

The 960E-2KT currently deployed at the mine looks impressive. The unit is 9.3m tall, 15.3m long and 10m wide. It will carry payloads of up to 327 metric tonnes from the pit.

As well as its large size, the unit boasts a variety of advanced features that ensure a high degree of tractability and manoeuvrability while also providing a safe and comfortable working environment for the operator.

The heart of any truck is its power plant and the engine developed by Industrial Power Alliance, a joint venture between Komatsu and Cummins, does not disappoint, delivering 3,500hp at 1,900rpm.

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