Thiess has secured a lease for a new facility at Kabil Integrated Industrial Estate on Batam Island, Indonesia, allowing the global mining services provider to expand its truck and component rebuilding capabilities on a large scale.
The company said it has an extensive fleet of mining haulage trucks in Indonesia and Australia, including more than 650 that will reach the end of their service life in the next eight years and require either replacement or rebuilding.
“We are pleased to have secured this site that is centrally located between our Indonesian and Australian operations, with world-class facilities and transport and logistics services – the professionalism and support from Kabil Estate has enabled swift mobilisation and we are on track for first production by December 2023,” said Thiess Group Executive Chair and CEO Michael Wright.
The new facility will “enable Thiess to reset the usage clock on up to 160 trucks per year to zero hours, through a complete overhaul,” noted Thiess Batam Engineering General Manager Daryl Albury. “The zero-hour rebuild is expected to extend the service life of each of Thiess’ Caterpillar mining trucks by a further 40,000 to 60,000 hours.”
The Kabil Estate facility also establishes a platform for Thiess to explore decarbonisation and alternative fuel technologies, as well as the opportunity to provide these services to its clients in the future. Thiess has existing rebuild facilities in Perth, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley in Australia, and in Balikpapan in Indonesia.