Komatsu Dozers push higher productivity.
A fleet of eight Komatsu D475A-5 dozers is helping Anglo American's Capricorn Coal Opencut Operations in Central Queensland achieve higher production rates with their coal mining activities.
According to Andrew Job, General Manager Capcoal Open Cut Operations, the dozers are used as a production fleet primarily for push dozing of prime material and pushing coal stockpiles.
"Capcoal took delivery of its first D475A-5 dozer three years ago, with two more added to the fleet in 2013, Andrew said.
"The Komatsu dozers are very good for coal preparation with pushing stockpiles and we have experienced greater production rates using them compared to other machines," Andrew said.
"By using the dozers to prepare the working bench, this greatly speeds up our dragline operations increasing our productivity.
Andrew said operator acceptance of the Komatsu dozers has been very positive.
"Our people say the dozers are good to operate and the dozer's cab is comfortable, which is pleasing to hear," Andrew said.
About Capcoal Open Cut Operations:
Capcoal is located in Central Queensland's Bowen Basin, 25 km south-west of Middlemount and 240 km south-west of Mackay.
It operates two open-cut mines, Lake Lindsay and Oak Park, running two draglines, a fleet hydraulic excavators and an electric rope shovel producing Hard Coking Coal and Pulverised Coal Injected Coal for Steel Mills in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and India. After processing, coal is railed north east to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and south east to RG Tanna Coal Terminal for export.
In 2013 Capcoal Open Cut Operations produced 5.2 million tonnes of saleable coal.