Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project

Indonesian mining service contractor Samudera Mulia Abadi has chosen a fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) articulated haulers and excavators for a five-year contract on a 30 billion USD project to extract nickel ore and transport it to the smelter at the Weda Bay Nickel Project in Central Halmahera.
 Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project  Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project  Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project  Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project  Volvo CE chosen for $30BN Weda Bay nickel project

The contractor said the Volvo CE equipment was chosen due to its suitability to deal with tough pit and hauling conditions, specifically soft terrain.

Samudera Mulia Abadi has commissioned a fleet of 17 Volvo articulated haulers, six A40G and 11 A60H models. There are also 12 Volvo crawler excavators - two EC200D, five EC210D, two EC300DL and three EC480DL models.

The A60H has a 33.6 m3 body volume and 55,000 kg payload capacity, while the A40G is the third largest, offering a 24 m3 body volume and 39,000 kg payload capacity. Both models feature hydro-mechanical steering and active suspension for difficult terrain.

Samudera has also relied on machinery from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) on several other of its contracts over the last five years, including the Gag Island Nickel Project in West Papua and the Toka Tindung Gold Mine Project in North Sulawesi. 

At these two sites, Samudera Mulia Abadi operates a total of 116 Volvo machines, including 50 A40F, 17 A40G, five A45G and three A60H articulated haulers; one EC200D, eight EC210B, five EC210D, 12 EC350DL, six EC480DL, six EC950EL crawler excavators; and one SD110 compactor.