Epiroc, a prominent ally in driving productivity and sustainability in the mining and infrastructure sectors, has successfully secured a substantial order from Boliden, a major player in European mining. The order encompasses a wide range of mining equipment, including battery-electric vehicles and advanced automation solutions, to be deployed across three of Boliden's underground mines in Sweden. This order follows Boliden's previous significant investment in similar equipment last year.
Boliden, known for its extensive mining operations, has requested various mine trucks, loaders, and drill rigs, with a focus on integrating battery-electric versions. The machinery will be utilized at the Rävliden and Renström mines in northern Sweden, where Boliden extracts zinc, copper, lead, gold, and silver. Additionally, the equipment will be deployed at the Kankberg mine, which specializes in gold and tellurium extraction—a vital mineral used in solar cell production.
With an estimated value of approximately MSEK 130, the order has been recorded in the second quarter of 2023. Helena Hedblom, President and CEO of Epiroc, expresses satisfaction with Boliden's decision to rely on their tailored solutions. She highlights Boliden's commitment to optimizing safety, productivity, and sustainability within their mining operations while striving to produce metals with a minimal carbon footprint.
Sami Niiranen, President of Epiroc's Underground division, adds, "We value our partnership with Boliden," emphasizing the fruitful collaboration between the two companies. Epiroc takes pride in witnessing strong interest in their solutions, particularly the battery-electric machines that offer emission-free operations, improved working conditions for operators with reduced noise, heat, and vibration, cost and energy savings on ventilation, and increased productivity. Furthermore, Epiroc's battery solutions adhere to industry-leading safety standards.
The comprehensive equipment order includes notable machines such as the Minetruck MT42 SG hauler, Scooptram ST18 SG loader, Boomer E20 SG face drill rig, and Boltec E10 SG rock reinforcement drill rig—all equipped with battery-electric drivelines. To automate Boliden's material handling process, Epiroc will deploy its state-of-the-art Deep Automation suite, featuring cutting-edge automation systems and applications. This advanced technology enables real-time control of flexible safety zones, production assignments, and autonomous traffic, enhancing safety, consistency, and productivity.
In 2022, Boliden had previously placed an order for battery-powered drill rigs and loaders, showcasing their ongoing commitment to integrating sustainable and efficient mining practices.