Goldcorp has partnered with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, to make its Borden Lake project one of the world’s first all-electric mines.
Located in Ontario, Canada, the mine is part of a line-up of organic growth projects in Goldcorp’s portfolio, and by making it fully electric rather than diesel driven, the company hopes it will provide higher health and safety standards for employees as well as reduce both environmental impacts and capex.
Goldcorp plans to make Borden Lake one of the most environmentally friendly mines in the world.
Sandvik will provide development equipment and a complete electric solution for the site. They will utilise fully integrated battery technology that does not require operators to remove, handle or swap batteries underground; further improving safety for operators and maintenance crews.
One of the equipment models already ordered for the project is the Sandvik DD422iE which uses electric energy from an on board battery during tramming; producing zero emissions while manoeuvring between headings.
The diesel free drilling also produces less diesel particulate, easing ventilation requirements, as well as reducing associated diesel logistics and maintenance expenses.
Using the mine’s existing electric infrastructure, the Sandvik driveline technology enables the battery to recharge during the drilling cycle. The battery will even recharge while the machine is tramming downhill, using energy generated by the braking system. The long-lasting pack will power the drill efficiently throughout its lifetime.
Development of the mine is set to begin early next year.