Glencore orders full fleet of Epiroc battery-electric mining equipment for Onaping Depth nickel and copper mine in Canada

Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (INO) has ordered a full fleet of Epiroc battery-electrical gear for use at the Onaping Depth Venture in Ontario, Canada. The nickel and copper mine is found down below the existing Craig mine and is getting made to get started generation in 2024.

The get also involves the capability for sophisticated automation remedies, together with remote handle.

Customarily, mining machines are diesel-powered, although a lot more and more mining corporations are introducing battery-electric powered devices to their fleets. The gains with battery electrification are significant, which includes getting rid of emissions in operations, lessening sound pollution, and reducing costs by lessening the require for ventilation and cooling when necessary this is primarily critical as underground mines retain having deeper.

Epiroc scored superior on protection, design and style and screening of the overall battery technique. Epiroc also provides massive potential batteries, takes advantage of a conventional CCS charging protocol, has a battery swap procedure, and the styles are universal and compatible. Also, the batteries have integrated cooling devices and security methods created into the design and style.

—Peter Xavier, Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

The ordered battery-electrical devices is produced in Örebro, Sweden. The 23 devices ordered incorporate Scooptram loaders, Minetruck haulers, Boomer face drilling rigs, Boltec and Cabletec rock reinforcement rigs, and Simba creation drilling rigs.

Scooptram loader


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Minetruck hauler


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Boomer encounter drilling rig


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Cabletec rock bolting rig


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Simba drill rig


The Simba rigs will be operated in aspect by tele-distant from the consolation of a management room.

All models will be geared up with Epiroc’s Rig Manage Process, generating them all set for automation and distant manage, and will also be installed with Epirocs telematics program, enabling for smart monitoring of equipment efficiency and efficiency in true-time.

Onaping Depth Venture. Sudbury INO received comprehensive acceptance for further more advancement of the Onaping Depth Undertaking in 2017. This US$700-million deep mine project is situated underneath the current Craig Mine in Onaping, Ontario. When finished, Onaping Depth will provide Sudbury INO with a substantial new source of substantial-grade nickel ore outside of 12 months 2035.

The Onaping Depth undertaking accomplished the hugely tailored underground headframe excavation in 2019. Function carries on to be conducted in shaping the underground infrastructure for this foreseeable future deep mine. The internal shaft, at the moment piloted and reamed to the 1915 amount and finished at the 1260 amount, will at some point lengthen to 2630 level—1,430 meters (m) of overall internal shaft size.

In addition, a few considerable chambers every spanning 15m wide by 20m extensive by 10m significant, were excavated to house the lasting hoisting infrastructure: 3,400 hp double drum manufacturing hoist, 4,500hp blair assistance hoist, and involved sheaves, which allowed for the complete mobilization of design crews.

Onaping Depth is intended to be a comprehensive split from the regular notion of underground mining. Genuine-time remote administration, checking, and command will be finished from the surface. Revolutionary security programs will be built-in into the operation. The mine will feature mine-extensive Wi-Fi interaction involving workers and from underground to floor. In some places, miners will be taken out from the performing experience using autonomous mining devices.

The entire fleet of mining machines will element battery-run electric powered vehicles, removing diesel emissions and minimizing noise air pollution. By applying EVs, Onaping Depth is expected to lower its power utilization by 44% for air flow devices and by 30% for cooling equipment, in contrast to an equivalent diesel-fueled operation.

New engineering will also be applied to vital ventilation and cooling units exactly where the ambient rock temperature can access 40 ˚C (104 ˚F) at depth.

Before, Caterpillar examined the evidence-of-strategy battery electrical R1300 at Sudbury INO with the machine managing in trials together with its diesel equivalent. Caterpillar made use of the insight obtained from its evidence-of-strategy tests to create the R1700 XE—its initially business battery-electric powered Load-Haul-Dump (LHD).