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Employer approves zero emission ‘green’ trucks

Liebherr 264 truck
Liebherr 264 truck

A mineral producer and multinational manufacturer will create a new fleet of environmentally friendly heavy vehicles.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) recently partnered up with Liebherr to develop and supply “green” mining haul trucks.

FMG will acquire 120 haul trucks from Liebherr in both battery electric truck and fuel cell electric truck configurations. These vehicles will be converted to zero-emission power systems developed by Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and Williams Advanced Engineering. The process is expected to take about two years.

The first units are expected to be fully operational at FMG mine sites sometime in 2025. Further units will later be available for commercial sale. There is also potential to commercialise zero-emission power systems in other heavy industry applications.

The effort is hoped to replace 45 per cent of FMG’s diesel powered vehicles with a “green” mining fleet sometime before the year 2030. Truck haulage activities consumed about 200 million litres of diesel fuel in the 2021 financial year, accounting for 26 per cent of FMG’s scope one emissions.

“We are on a march to achieve net zero by 2030, strengthening the economics of our business and making our products acceptable to a zero pollution future,” FMG founding chairman Andrew Forrest said in a public statement.

“Every day our FMG and FFI family take forward the technology, hard work and willpower of going green, the world mining industry takes one step closer to being the first globally leading industry to go fully green.”

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AMSJ April 2022