Australian gold miner Northern Star has selected Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions to supply 32 new pieces of mobile equipment for its Australian Operations. The order includes 17 Toro TH663i underground trucks, 10 Toro LH621i underground loaders, four Toro LH517i underground loaders and a Sandvik DD422i development jumbo with dual control.

“This commitment underscores the partnership between Northern Star and Sandvik and reflects trust in our advanced, intelligent technology that helps make our customers more productive, more profitable and more sustainable,” said Wayne Scrivens, Sandvik’s vice president, sales for Australia and New Zealand.

Loader and truck deliveries are planned to begin in Q3 2023 and continue into Q2 2025. The drill is scheduled to be delivered in Q2 2024.

The TH663i trucks have a 63-metric-ton (mt) carrying capacity and low overall equipment weight for high ramp speeds. They come with Operator Speed Assist as a standard feature to automatically limit the top speed of the vehicle during level and downhill driving. The truck’s low weight, efficient engine technology and fast ramp speeds result in low fuel consumption per hauled ton and lower emissions.

The 17-mt LH517i loaders provide the hydraulic power needed for fast bucket filling. A powerful drivetrain enables high-speed tramming and increased productivity, while long-life components, specifically developed for the rough underground environment, contribute to low cost per ton.

The 21-mt LH621i loaders are engineered for rapid mine development and large-scale underground production. These loaders can quickly clear tunnel headings for rapid advance rates.