A multi-year agreement between Komatsu and Nevada Gold Mines will see 62 new Komatsu 930E-5 haul trucks supplied to the Barrick and Newmont joint venture operation through 2025.
The agreement comes after Komatsu trucks proved themselves on a copper mining operation in Zambia. Nevada Gold Mines operates in the largest gold-producing complex in the world and will deploy 40 of the new trucks to its Carlin Complex, while 22 will go to its Cortez site. Multiple pieces of support equipment have also been purchased from Komatsu.
"Based on the successful implementation at Lumwana, we chose to upgrade our fleet with 62 new Komatsu trucks," said Peter Richardson, Executive Managing Director, Nevada Gold Mines. "Komatsu has provided us with tremendous regional support and their team in Elko has been instrumental in helping us maintain our fleet with parts and component rebuilds for our trucks, a wheel motor upgrade program, and maintenance and support for the P&H shovels that are part of our operations."
The Nevada agreement was developed thanks to the strong performance of Komatsu trucks at Barrick's Lumwana mine. The two companies met at Komatsu's surface mining headquarters in 2022 to discuss a collaborative global partnership.
"We are excited to build on the success we've achieved so far with Barrick through this new collaboration with Nevada Gold Mines," said Josh Wagner, VP and GM for Komatsu's North America Mining Division. "We will be ready to support the fleet ramp-up with our state-of-the-art and growing Elko service capabilities."
Komatsu is building a 50,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to its Elko service centre to expand local parts support for mining and construction customers in the region. The facility is expected to be completed in early 2024. Currently, the 189,000-square-foot Elko service centre supports mining and construction equipment such as haul trucks, hydraulic shovels, electric rope shovels, and support equipment.