MinRes gets the nod to trial su­per quad trucks

Pilbara News - - News - Nick Evans

■ Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder has handed Chris El­li­son’s Min­eral Re­sources a win at its Pil­bara iron ore oper­a­tions, ap­prov­ing a trial of so-called su­per quad road trains on public highways.

At 60m long, the mas­sive rigs are 6.5m longer than the stan­dard road trains that haul Pil­bara iron ore, and Mr Nalder said on Wed­nes­day they would be the long­est road trains in the coun­try.

Mr El­li­son told an­a­lysts on the com­pany’s an­nual re­sults call in Au­gust the su­per quads would al­low it to cart 140 tonnes of ore per load, up from 108t in tra­di­tional quad-rigs.

The su­per quads would cut as much as $5/t in haulage costs be­tween MinRes’ Iron Val­ley oper­a­tions and Port Hed­land, he said.

Big­ger rigs are used in the Pil­bara — BC Iron runs 400t pay­loads be­tween its Nul­lagine oper­a­tions and Fortes­cue Met­als Group’s rail hub — but are re­stricted to pri­vate roads.

Mr Nalder said the new MinRes kit would be re­stricted to 90km/h to limit im­pact on other road users and the trial would as­sess their im­pact on the high­way.

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