The operator of the world’s largest gold production complex has ordered more than US$300 million worth of Komatsu ultra-class diesel-electric dump trucks for use at the Carlin and Cortez mines in Nevada, USA.
Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), owned 61.5% by Barrick Gold and 38.5% by Newmont, expects to take delivery of 62 930E-5 vehicles – 40 at Carlin and 22 at Cortez – by 2025.
Carlin and Cortez underpinned 2022 NGM production of circa-1.9 million ounces of gold.
Japan’s Komatsu said the new fleet acquisition in Nevada followed the strong performance demonstrated by a recently installed fleet of Komatsu trucks and auxiliary equipment at Barrick’s Lumwana mine in Zambia.
“Late last year the two companies met at Komatsu’s surface mining headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to lay the groundwork for a collaborative global partnership,” Komatsu said.
“Komatsu is committed to building its partnership with the Barrick Group based on its success at Lumwana and NGM, and is pleased at being considered for the company’s Reko Diq project in Pakistan.”
Komatsu expects construction of a new 4650-square-metre parts warehouse next to its existing 17,500sq.m Elko service centre in Nevada to be completed early next year.