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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.

Since the completion of the first test shipments in July 2018, Rio Tinto increased the number of autonomous tours along the Groups iron ore lines in Western Australia in a controlled manner. Now, Rio Tintos trains have travelled over one million kilometres completely autonomously. Photo credit: Rio Tinto company
Since the completion of the first test shipments in July 2018, Rio Tinto increased the number of autonomous tours along the Groups iron ore lines in Western Australia in a controlled manner. Now, Rio Tintos trains have travelled over one million kilometres completely autonomously. Photo credit: Rio Tinto company

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