Finning International announced this week that its South American operation was awarded a contract by Teck Resources to deliver new equipment and product support to its Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) operations in northern Chile. Finning will supply an initial fleet of Cat 794AC haul trucks and other large mining machines to Teck’s QB2 open-pit copper mine. The accompanying product support agreement for the initial fleet runs for five years.

In addition, Finning will work closely with Cat to provide Teck’s QB2 operations with Cat’s Command for Hauling system, the 794AC Autonomous Haulage Technology (AHS) kits, and ancillary kits to enable autonomous operations as QB2 ramps up to full copper production in 2022.

“We are pleased to partner with Teck in developing QB2, one of the world’s premier copper assets, and are excited to deliver and support the first fleet of electric drive, autonomous off-highway trucks in Chile,” said Scott Thomson, president and CEO, Finning International. “Our Integrated Knowledge Centre in Antofagasta, Chile, is using data-driven insights and innovative processes and technologies to reduce cost per ton and improve equipment availability for our customers.”

The QB2 project is one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper resources located in Tarapacá Region of northern Chile. When complete, QB2 will be a premier asset, with low operating costs, an initial mine life of 28 years, and significant potential for further growth, according to the company. The project received the green light in December 2018. First copper production is planned for the second half of 2021. Finning International is the world’s largest Cat equipment dealer.