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Battery-powered machines contribute to sustainable mining in Sweden

Epirocs underground rock reinforcement equipment provides mining companies with a selection of machines, ranging from low-ceiling machines to some of the biggest dimensions for mining and road and water systems. Photo: Epiroc
Epirocs underground rock reinforcement equipment provides mining companies with a selection of machines, ranging from low-ceiling machines to some of the biggest dimensions for mining and road and water systems. Photo: Epiroc
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Markku Björkman - 11 Dec 2018

Svenska Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and commodity industries, has launched its second-generation battery-powered machines that will reduce mining costs and create a healthier working environment.
"We at Epiroc want to help our customers improve productivity, strengthen security and reduce emissions while reducing the overall cost of operations. Our second-generation battery device takes us towards a sustainable future with reduced dependence on fossil fuels, "said Per Lindberg, President and CEO of Epiroc, in a press release.

The battery-powered products launched are 14- and 18-ton loader, 42-ton truck and medium drill rig for drilling, production drilling and rock reinforcement.

Customers using Epiroc's first generation battery-powered machines, launched in 2016, including the Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources. Other customers who go to electrical equipment include LKAB, which plans to use Epiroc's emission-free machines as the company expands its mining operations in northern Sweden.