MinRes gets the nod to trial super quad trucks
■ 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.