These Bell B30Ds are part of the load-and-haul fleet at Lyttelton Quarry, a major source of metallurgical aggregates. These are the predecessors of the B30E with their 28 000kg payload.
This quarry underwent a series of upgrades under its previous owner and is now part of the Afrimat group, supplying metallurgical dolomite to the iron and steel industry and stone dust to the coal and agricultural sectors. During the infrastructure boom in South Africa ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, most of the material was used for building activities – such was the demand for construction materials in Gauteng province.
Bell Equipment articulated-dump trucks are a common site on this operation and others in the country. One of the South African original equipment manufacturer’s key selling points is its fuel efficiency traits that lower total operating costs for quarry owners.
The company remains a strong driver of localisation of capital equipment manufacture in South Africa.