Conuma is a Canadian metallurgical coal producer with more than 950 employees and three surface mining operations near Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia.
Based on comprehensive engineering and financial analysis, Conuma determined that the deployment of new Komatsu 830E-5 haul trucks at Wolverine would meaningfully increase production at the mine, largely due to the improved overall availability of the Komatsu electric drive haul trucks. Contributing factors include easier maintenance and higher durability.
The 830E-5s are also quieter and more fuel-efficient than the haul trucks previously used at the mine. John Schadan, president of Conuma, noted: "Conuma is confident that we have chosen the right partners for results with Komatsu equipment and SMS Equipment's parts, service and support. Their proven results and experience speak to the quality of their products and service."
The first 830E-5 was released to the mine at the end of August, and the remainder of the fleet will be delivered over the next two months. The new trucks complement existing equipment that SMS Equipment supports on Conuma's mine sites.
Dennis Chmielewski, EVP of mining at SMS Equipment, said: "SMS Equipment is committed to working with Conuma through the long-term to ensure full support, resulting in maximised uptime and availability of their Komatsu fleet."
Daniel Funcannon, vice president & GM, mining division at Komatsu, added: "We are honoured to have our trucks supporting Conuma's Wolverine mine operation and are excited to help the mine realise its operational targets by providing consistent quality and reliability."
The Komatsu 830E-5 electric truck has a 250 short ton (227t) payload and is powered by a 1,864kW Komatsu SDA16V160 engine. Its drive system is designed for the efficient transfer of power to the ground while realising low fuel consumption and excellent reliability.