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Newly purchased mine trials electric heavy vehicle

Janus Electric truck
Janus Electric truck

A modern mining company is testing out an eco friendly truck at a major operation.

OZ Minerals (OZL) confirmed Janus Electric recently converted one of Qube’s 165-tonne, diesel, triple road trains to battery power.

The heavy vehicle will be trialled for 12 months at the Carrapateena mine, and boasts a top range of between 200km and 400km per charge. When batteries are drained they can be swapped within five minutes.

The partnership claimed the technology reduces fuel expenses by as much as 60 per cent to just $320 each drive between Brisbane and Sydney. It can complete the 960km journey with just 1732 kilowatts per hour compared to conventional trucks that require 520 litres of diesel, which can cost up to $790 even after applying fuel rebates.

Conversion costs between $150,000 and $200,000 a vehicle.

“The cost of converting diesel trucks to Janus Electric technology is equivalent to rebuilding a diesel engine,” the companies said according to News Limited.

“What has not been costed in yet, and which is significant is the savings in terms of maintenance, [is] not having to regularly take the vehicles off the road for a day – half a day,” Janus Electric general manager Lex Forsyth added.

The remarks came after the Federal Court of Australia granted final approval to BHP, which offered $9.6 billion to acquire OZL.

The deal involves absorbing the target company’s 3420-strong workforce across the following operations:

  • Prominent Hill, 650km northwest of Adelaide
  • Carrapateena, 160km north of Port Augusta
  • West Musgrave, 500km west of Uluru
  • Carajás East and West, Brazil
  • Gurupi Province, Brazil.

BHP confirmed the deal took effect on 18 April 2023 and will be fully implemented on 2 May 2023.

“The Federal Court of Australia made orders approving the scheme of arrangement for BHP Lonsdale Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Group, to acquire 100 per cent of the shares in OZL,” the bidder said in a public statement.

“The scheme will become effective on 18 April 2023 on lodgement of the court’s orders with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and OZL shares will be suspended from trading on the Australian Securities Exchange from the close of trading on that day.”

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