Epiroc, a Swedish producer of mining and infrastructure gear, has gained an order valued at over 100 million Swedish Kronor ($9.7 million) from mining large Glencore in Canada for battery-electric gear and automation options that might be used at an all-electric mine.
Glencore’s Sudbury Built-in Nickel Operations has ordered a full fleet of battery-electric gear to be used on the Onaping Depth Venture in Ontario, Canada. The nickel and copper mine is positioned under the present Craig mine, and is being developed to start out manufacturing in 2024.
Epiroc notes that increasingly mining firms are including battery-electric machines to their fleets. The advantages of electrification embrace eliminating emissions in operations, decreasing noise air pollution, and reducing prices by decreasing the necessity for air flow and cooling—that is particularly essential as underground mines maintain getting deeper.
Glencore has ordered 23 machines, together with Scooptram loaders, Minetruck haulers, Boomer face drilling rigs, Boltec and Cabletec rock reinforcement rigs, and Simba manufacturing drilling rigs. The Simba rigs will be operated remotely from the consolation of a management room. All items might be outfitted with Epiroc’s Rig Management System, making them prepared for automation and distant management, in addition to Epiroc’s telematics system.
“Epiroc scored excessive on security, design and testing of all the battery system,” says Peter Xavier, Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Built-in Nickel Operations. “Epiroc additionally provides large-capacity batteries, makes use of a regular CCS charging protocol, has a battery swap system, and the designs are common and appropriate. Additionally, the batteries have built-in cooling techniques and security techniques constructed into the design.”
Supply: Epiroc Group