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The first of two 800-tonne EX8000 shovels at BHP Billiton’s Mt Keith


Mr Adriano Espeschit (BHPB) and Mr Tall Sugiyama (HCA)

Directors and Senior Management of Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA) recently traveled to BHP Billiton’s Mt Keith Operation Nickel Ore Mine site, north-east of Perth, for the formal handover of the first of two new 800-tonne Ex8000 Excavators for the mine.

The Mt Keith Operation machine is the fifth of the monster excavators to be commissioned anywhere in the world. The first four were delivered to the oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, and have, to date, logged a total of more than 20,000 trouble-free operational hours.

The first of two new 800-tonne EX8000 shovels at BHP Billiton’s Mt Keith Operation Nickel Ore Mine

Meeting with Hitachi engineers at the company’s Perth branch office prior to the site handover, BHP Billiton’s Mr. Adriano Espeschit, General Manager of the Mt Keith Operation mine, said

— the new excavators are set to become important elements
in the expansion program at the mine. —

Officially ‘handing over the keys’ to the Mt Keith Operation Management team, HCA COO, Mr.Tak Tagawa, acknowledged the significance of the commissioning of the giant excavator.

“This machine has great importance for Hitachi worldwide,” he said. “It renews the strong links between BHP Billiton and Hitachi and also reinforces the engineering strength of our mining equipment.”

Speaking at a function at Mt Keith Operation, Mr. Tagawa also emphasised the support structure in place around the country and its implications for all owners and operators of Hitachi mining machinery.

“We are investing heavily to ensure that our product support is the best available,” He said.

“Two factory-trained engineers are now based in our mining office in Brisbane and on-call to travel anywhere in Australia. These direct response engineers are backed-up by direct access to the factory in Tsuchiura, Japan, to give the level of support we believe is necessary for our customers in Australia.”

The largest in the ultra-large hydraulic excavator class, the new EX8000 Excavator is described by Hitachi as the perfect match for the new ultra class dump trucks now common throughout the mining industry worldwide.

Powered by two Cummins QSK60 Tier ll diesels, each developing 1450kW at 1800 rpm, this latest addition to the Hitachi Excavator line-up has been designed to provide extended operating life and significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, even under tough operating conditions.

Configured as a face shovel for work at Mt Keith Operation and fitted with a 40m3 bottom dump bucket, the EX8000 is three-pass loading 240t dump trucks.

Latest reports from Mt Keith Operation shows productivity and performance targets are being met. It might be early days for this machine but history has shown that Hitachi Excavators rarely fall below expectations.

(By Sherval and Associates)

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