Novi (Mich., USA) / Singapore, February 19, 2013. In mid-2012, China-based Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Corporation (XEMC) shipped its first ever export of mine dump trucks to the Pilbara mine site in Australia. Each of the 230 metric-ton trucks, purchased by Rio Tinto and recently put into service, are powered by the MTU 16V 4000 C11 mining engine provided to XEMC by MTU Hong Kong, a Tognum Group subsidiary. This world-class propulsion package was specifically requested by Rio Tinto for its iron ore mining operations at Pilbara because of its best-in-class fuel efficiency and unsurpassed reliability.
The MTU 16V 4000 C11 mining engine produces 2300 bhp (1715 kW), and comes with many features that enable it to operate reliably and efficiently in the harshest of mining conditions. Those features include common rail fuel injection, double-walled fuel lines, carbon scraper pistons and oil system security filters. In addition, the engine’s class-leading fuel economy is enhanced by an efficient oil cooling system, which optimizes oil temperature.
“The working conditions at Pilbara may be the toughest in the world, with extremely high temperatures and a challenging natural environment,” said Neil Coney, general manager for Fleet Strategy & Delivery, Rio Tinto. “Obviously, the trucks we use on site must be able to withstand such harsh conditions and deliver the best fuel economy possible. Because our reliability and fuel economy standards are very high, we insisted on the MTU Series 4000 engine for each truck. It was amazing to see XEMC produce four trucks that can meet our strict requirements within one year.”
“As mine operators continue to tackle the issue of rising fuel costs, we continue to work with our OEM partners to deliver the most robust and efficient mining equipment available,” said Scott Woodruff, director of global mining sales, Tognum America. “Our focus on customer requirements enables us to provide MTU mining engines that perform at the highest level in any environment.”
The MTU engines in Rio Tinto’s new XEMC mine trucks at Pilbara will be serviced and supported by MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, the exclusive distributor and service provider of MTU engines in Australia.