Fortescue Partners with Liebherr to Supply Eco-Friendly Mining Haul Trucks
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has announced a partnership with multinational equipment manufacturer, Liebherr, to develop and supply environmentally friendly mining haul trucks to be integrated with zero-emission power system technologies developed by Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). This is a major step towards transitioning Fortescue’s diesel mining fleet to a green mining fleet before 2030 and accelerates the opportunity to commercialize zero-emissions power system technologies in heavy industry applications. .
The agreement advances the decarbonization of Fortescue’s mobile fleet through this partnership with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mining equipment. Utilizing WAE’s unique proprietary technology and expertise in high-performance battery systems, the partnership enables Fortescue to become a zero-emissions power system supplier for a Tier 1 original equipment manufacturer and accelerates the commercialization of technology.
Under the partnership, Fortescue will purchase a fleet of 120 haul trucks from Liebherr, with delivery aligned with its fleet replacement and sustaining capital expenditure forecast. The commitment represents approximately 45% of the current fleet of haul trucks at Fortescue operations. Trucking consumed approximately 200 million liters of diesel in FY21 and accounted for 26% of Fortescue Scope 1 emissions.
The phased supply of haul trucks is expected to begin after a two-year joint development period allowing development and integration of the Fortescue-owned power system into the base Liebherr-owned truck. Liebherr will supply mining haul trucks to Fortescue in both battery electric truck and fuel cell electric truck configurations, in accordance with Fortescue’s requirements.
The first of the zero-emissions transportation units will be fully operational at Fortescue mine sites by 2025, with the additional goal of making the units available for commercial sale from then on.
Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said, “Signing this contract with Liebherr marks an important milestone in achieving our industry-leading decarbonization goal to achieve net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. 2030.
“We firmly believe that improving technology is key to tackling climate change and we are investing in renewable energy and new decarbonization technologies to transform our mining fleet to run on green renewable energy.
“This agreement builds on the significant value already created through Fortescue’s acquisition of WAE and demonstrates the significant long-term opportunity for Fortescue to commercialize green energy system technologies in the broader mobility market. heavy weights.
“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 creating a significant new business growth opportunity for Fortescue as we diversify into a integrated green energy and resource company.
Chairman of the Liebherr-International Board of Directors, Dr. hc Willi Liebherr, added: “This partnership with Fortescue will leverage Liebherr’s state-of-the-art equipment and technology, as well as FFI’s expertise in green, to provide zero-emission mining.
Fortescue President and Founder Dr. Andrew Forrest concluded, “We are on track to achieve net zero by 2030, strengthening our business economics and making our products acceptable for a pollution-free future. Every day, our Fortescue family and FFI advance technology, hard work and the drive to go green, the global mining industry takes a step closer to becoming the world’s first industry to go completely green.
“I hope today’s announcement also brings a smile to Sir Frank Williams, the visionary who founded Williams F1 and Williams Advanced Engineering. Frank lived to challenge the status quo.
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