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Liebherr awarded engine contract with BHP

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Liebherr-Australia executive general manager customer service, Tony Johnstone, and BHP general manager South Flank, Steve Campbell, recently met in Perth to mark the signing of a deal to repower the South Flank R 9600 fleet with D9812 Liebherr engines and the strong ongoing partnership between the OEM and the miner. Repowering the R 9600 fleet enables reduced maintenance and standardised parts capability.

Liebherr awarded engine contract with BHP

The integration follows intensive factory and field validations on the D98 engine series which includes a two-year validation study at BHP’s Jimblebar mine where the Liebherr D9812 has successfully powered an R 9400 for almost 20 000 hours.

Campbell, BHP’s general manager for South Flank, comments:

“BHP has a long-standing relationship with Liebherr across our Western Australian Iron Ore operations, and we have six of their largest machines in operation at South Flank. We’re looking forward to continuing with this collaboration which promises to bring performance and availability improvements to South Flank as we continue to ramp up production.”

Mark Pickett, vice president, Minerals Australia Supply, comments:

“We welcome the introduction of Liebherr engines into our equipment to deliver a more sustainable outcome and lower overall cost, as well as allowing Liebherr to have better control of product improvement. We look forward to continued partnership with Liebherr on these initiatives that make BHP’s operations more productive and improve sustainability.”

Dr Joerg Lukowski, Liebherr Mining executive vice president sales and marketing, comments:

“We are pleased to be expanding our partnership with BHP through the integration of our engine technology.

“Our longstanding relationship and shared values of innovation make BHP an ideal partner. We look forward to seeing the tangible benefits of the D9812 engines within the R 9600s at South Flank mine, one of the most innovative mines in the world.”

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