The world’s largest iron ore mine stays productive with Series 4000 engines
Posted on 04 January 2018
It’s a major challenge to keep up with the enormous, ever-growing workload at the Carajas Mine Complex. Owned by Vale, a large Brazilian mining company, Carajas is the world’s largest iron ore mine. Demands for productivity are constantly on the rise. Across its gigantic complex of open pits, Carajas Mine resembles a small city, bustling with non-stop activity. But there is efficiency and order to the chaos. While excavators, haul trucks and wheel loaders do the heavy lifting, conveyor belts whisk the material to processing units. Then, the ore is transported 554 miles by train to the port of Sao Luis. More than half of what Vale produces is loaded on cargo ships headed to China.
They (Vale) had a great experience with the engine’s reliability and fuel economy with their wheel loaders. The combination of productivity and low lifecycle costs really appealed to them.