On-the-ground service in Australia has netted Wenco International Mining Systems the contract to provide the fleet management system for Whitehaven Coal’s latest operation in northern New South Wales.
Currently under construction, the Maules Creek project broke ground in January. One of the last major undeveloped coal deposits in the region, the project is authorized to extract up to 13 million tonnes of coal a year. With a potential 362 million tonnes of recoverable coal available, the project is set to last more than 25 years.
To reduce capital, operating, and maintenance costs during that time, Whitehaven Coal will install the Wencomine fleet management system on all vehicles at Maules Creek. The core system will provide real-time data about operations and maintenance, letting mine personnel boost the productivity and reliability of their equipment.
Along with the core system, the project will also use Wenco’s Maintenance Monitor, MobileST and other dispatching applications, and the BenchManager high-precision dozer and shovel system.
After considering several providers, Whitehaven Coal chose Wenco because of the support offered by its office in nearby Brisbane and its local parts holdings through Hitachi Australia. Wenco’s system also won out thanks to its easy integration with OEM and third-party systems.
“We’re excited to be in business with Whitehaven Coal,” says Wenco Systems and Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia sales manager Rod Tayler. “They play an important role in Australia’s mining industry and we look forward to getting on board with them.”
Wenco, which has more than 25 years in the industry and offices on six continents, is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co Ltd.