Epiroc, a Swedish manufacturer of mining and infrastructure equipment, has won an order valued at over 100 million Swedish Kronor ($9.7 million) from mining giant Glencore in Canada for battery-electric equipment and automation solutions that will be used at an all-electric mine.
Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations has ordered a full fleet of battery-electric equipment for use at the Onaping Depth Project in Ontario, Canada. The nickel and copper mine is located below the existing Craig mine, and is being developed to start production in 2024.
Epiroc notes that more and more mining companies are adding battery-electric machines to their fleets. The benefits of electrification include eliminating emissions in operations, reducing noise pollution, and lowering costs by reducing the need for ventilation and cooling—this is especially important as underground mines keep getting deeper.
Glencore has ordered 23 machines, including Scooptram loaders, Minetruck haulers, Boomer face drilling rigs, Boltec and Cabletec rock reinforcement rigs, and Simba production drilling rigs. The Simba rigs can be operated remotely from the comfort of a control room. All units will be equipped with Epiroc’s Rig Control System, making them ready for automation and remote control, as well as Epiroc’s telematics system.
“Epiroc scored high on safety, design and testing of the entire battery system,” says Peter Xavier, Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. “Epiroc also offers large-capacity batteries, uses a standard CCS charging protocol, has a battery swap system, and the designs are universal and compatible. Also, the batteries have integrated cooling systems and safety systems built into the design.”
Source: Epiroc Group