Barrick Gold is planning to revamp its fleet of 2012 F-150s with all-new 2015 F-150 SuperCab 4x4 truck models for use in mining operations.


The company has placed an order with Ford for 35 2015 F-150 SuperCab 4×4 trucks.

Barrick’s mining survey team have used two prototype F-150s with experimental aluminum-alloy cargo boxes at its Bald Mountain and Cortez mines in Nevada.

Barrick Gold USA fleet manager Rebecca Caudill said: "The F-150s see tough duty from operations supervisors, exploration field technicians, project managers, maintenance technicians and closure personnel.

"Many of the trucks go into extremely rugged conditions during the planning and mapping out of new projects, core drilling and daily mining operations."

The company uses F-150 trucks across its gold mining operations in the US from initial exploration and mine support functions to land reclamation.

The trucks haul comprises compressors, pintle hitches and various heavy-duty tools.

Ford commercial and government fleet sales general manager Fritz Ahadi said: "This is terrific proof that even our toughest, most demanding customers recognize the benefits of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy to help them get the job done."

Image: Barrick Gold uses F-150 trucks across its gold mining operations in the US. Photo: courtesy of The Ford Motor Company.