Epiroc said it has won a $11.9 million order for underground mining trucks from Byrnecut, a major mining contractor based in Australia. Byrnecut ordered a fleet of Minetruck MT65 S haulers, the world’s highest payload underground truck in the field, according to Epiroc.

The equipment will be used at the Kathleen Valley mine in Western Australia. The mine, where lithium as well as tantalum will be produced, is currently under development, with production targeted to begin in 2024. Epiroc will also provide parts and service support, including service technicians on site.

“We are excited to contribute to the success of the new Kathleen Valley mine, where the production of lithium, especially, will support the acceleration of the transformation to a low-carbon society,” said Helena Hedblom, president and CEO, Epiroc.

Epiroc and Byrnecut have a long-standing partnership, and the contractor already runs a fleet of Minetruck MT65 haulers at other mining sites.

“The newly updated Epiroc Minetruck MT65 S is a top-of-the-line machine designed with a focus on safety, productivity, energy efficiency, and operator comfort,” said Sami Niiranen, president of Epiroc’s Underground division. “We look forward to continue working together with Byrnecut to make their mining operations successful.”

The ordered mining trucks have several advanced features, such as Epiroc’s telematics system Certiq, which allows for intelligent monitoring of machine performance and productivity in real-time. Delivery will begin soon and will continue in 2024 and 2025.