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Excavator Transport sets Records in Australia

Mining Excavator Relocation

Excavator Transport sets Records in Australia

The transport of a fully-assembled Liebherr R 996 B hydraulic mining excavator between two mine sites proved to be the largest complete excavator moved in Australian history.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 17/7/2014)
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A fully assembled Liebherr R 996 B, a 695-t-excavator, was transported between two Fortescue Metals Group’s mines in Australia.

The transport of a fully-assembled Liebherr R 996 B hydraulic mining excavator between two mine sites proved to be the largest complete excavator moved in Australian history. Six Prime mover trucks were required to tow and push this 675 t machine from Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek mine site to its Solomon mine site. Fortescue contracted Mammoet Australia for this undertaking, and 20 Mammoet employees were required to load the machine onto 24 twin-axle (384 wheels) Goldholfer platforms and move it to its new work site. Travelling up to 12 h/d at 4 km/h, it took a total of six days to move the excavator the 230 km to the Solomon mine. This newly-commissioned excavator will join thirteen other Liebherr machines already working at the Solomon mine site.

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