Fortescue Metals Group contracted Liebherr Australia to supply haul trucks with zero-emission power system technologies developed by Fortescue Future Industries and Williams Advanced Engineering. The trucks will be supplied after a two-year joint development period for the integration of Fortescue’s electric systems into the trucks.
Liebherr said the contract advances its Mining Zero Emission Program.
“This project provides an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate the integration of clean energy battery and fuel cell power systems into our mining equipment, which supports our vision and defined strategy to offer future zero emission equipment with the best suitable power train technologies,” said Oliver Weiss, chief technology officer. “As a leader in green technologies for the international heavy industry and a world-class mining owner-operator, Fortescue is an ideal partner for decarbonized mining equipment and technology initiatives, sharing the same vision as us.”
Fortescue said the contract is a significant step toward the company’s decarbonization target to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.
“We look forward to working with Liebherr and WAE to develop and deploy some of the world’s first zero-emission large mining haul trucks in our operations, while also establishing an important new business growth opportunity for Fortescue as we diversify to become an integrated green energy and resources company,” CEO Elizabeth Gaines said.
Separately, Libeherr renewed its technical information agreement for five years with Immersive Technologies, which supplies advanced equipment simulators to the OEM’s customers. The first Liebherr mining equipment simulator was developed by Immersive Technologies in 2006 for a large copper mine in Arizona.