Scania Gas Powered Mining Truck in Gerdau Iron Mines in Itabirito
Brazilian steel group Gerdau has started using gas-powered mining truck in Brazil. The Scania truck will work in the operations of the steel producer at the Varzea do
Brazilian steel group Gerdau has started using gas-powered mining truck in Brazil. The Scania truck will work in the operations of the steel producer at the Varzea do Lopes mine, located in Itabirito, Minas Gerais, operated by contractor Fagundes Construcao e Mineracao SA, with the support of Scania WLM Itaipu. The first gas-powered truck in Brazil is a Scania G 410 6×4 model. Fagundes drivers will undergo specific training to operate the equipment, which will transport iron ore and waste. Gerdau says it has been working, in partnership with its supply chain, to build a more sustainable future, based on the development of innovative products and solutions.
The supply of vehicular natural gas, which is the responsibility of Logas, will be within the operation itself in the form of a compact station that is being built by the steel producer in accordance with legal and safety standards for the storage, consumption and use of gas. The duration of the filling time is short, about 15 minutes, which does not compromise the availability of the truck in daily work, which is intense, since it will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The expectation is that there will be a consumption of 10 cubic metres/hour, which in this operation means a range of between 250 and 300 km.
The Scania heavy trucks powered by CNG, LNG and/or biomethane have Otto cycle engines (the same concept as in cars) and are 100% powered by any mixture of fuels.