Sandvik has been selected to supply a fleet of 19 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) for use at Rana Gruber’s iron ore mine operations in Storforshei in northern Norway. The order is valued at approximately SEK 370 million, and includes trucks, loaders, drills, on-site service support and batteries. About 85% of the total value will be booked in the first quarter 2023, and the remaining part was booked in December 2022. Deliveries are planned to begin during the first quarter of 2023 and continue through 2024.
The BEV fleet will support Rana Gruber’s ambitious goal to operate the world’s first carbon-free iron ore mine by the end of 2025. In addition to enabling reduced CO2 emissions, Sandvik’s highly productive BEV solutions also provide proven substantial benefits to the work environment, eliminating exhaust emissions and reducing heat and noise pollution.
“I am very pleased to see that there is such strong customer interest in our battery-electric offering, and particularly that we are seeing an increase in larger and repeat orders, which is a testament to Sandvik’s high performing equipment and service. Our battery-electric solutions offering is a strategic focus area for Sandvik and an essential driver in shaping the sustainable mine of the future. We very much look forward to helping Rana Gruber realize their decarbonization strategy,” says Stefan Widing, CEO and President of Sandvik.
Rana Gruber produces approximately 1.8 million metric tons of iron ore concentrates annually from its five deposits in Norway’s Dunderland Valley. Its resource base includes more than 440 million metric tons of iron ore.
“Rana Gruber is a pioneer in the mining electrification shift in Europe and a long-time partner of Sandvik. We are very excited to further strengthen our collaboration and support their battery-electric transition,” says Mats Eriksson, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.