Zimbabwe-based mining contractor, Orca Group, has taken delivery of the very first Liebherr TA 230 Litronic articulated dump truck (ADT) in Africa. The new ADT – which plugs the gap in the company’s earthmoving product range – made its local debut at an Open Day held on 24 June 2022.
Orca will deploy its ADT in an underground application at the Freda Rebecca Gold Mine in Bindura, Zimbabwe, hauling ore from the underground tunnels to the overland crushers. This, says Gordon Watson, MD of Orca, will be a true test for the new ADT.
“We are very excited to be the first recipient of this ground-breaking machine in Africa,” says Watson. “We will deploy it in a taxing underground application, which we believe will test the machine to its limits.”
Dieter Schmid, MD of Liebherr-Africa, says the new ADT closes a crucial gap in the company’s wide earthmoving equipment range.
“With the addition of the TA 230 Litronic, we have become a full-liner in the earthmoving area. The ADT is the last piece of the puzzle, making us a one-stop shop for all our customers’ earthmoving equipment needs,” says Schmid.
Tendayi Kudumba, GM: Earthmoving at Liebherr-Africa, says the new 30-tonne (t) class ADT is ideally suited for quarrying, coal mining and large infrastructure projects. Thanks to its optimal structure gauge, the TA 230 can also be deployed in special applications such as tunnel construction and underground mining.