Used to feed the world, the production of phosphate is generally consumed as fertiliser, and its annual demand is growing almost twice as fast as the human population. Jordan is the fifth largest producer of phosphates globally and has an estimated 1.3 billion t of phosphate reserves. With a partnership that dates back to the 1970s, Jordan’s largest phosphate mining contractor, COMEDAT, called on Terex Trucks once again to add 50 rigid dump trucks machines (Fig.) to its fleet for work mining phosphate in the north and south of the Middle Eastern country.
Established almost five decades ago, COMEDAT is a family-run business. A leader in phosphate mining, the company is the owner of one of the largest fleets of Terex Trucks in the world, with close to 120 machines consisting of a mixture of 100-tonne capacity TR100s and versatile TR60s. They trust the rigid dump trucks to maximise efficiency in the company’s opencast operations. The robust machines are required to work day and night, as COMEDAT runs 24 hours, seven days a week and 365 days a year. The proven performers, which provide excellent rimpull thanks to a resilient drivetrain and rear axle configuration, are used to haul overburden removal, while others descend 56 m below the surface to carry phosphate.