The battery-electric Sandvik LH518B LHD is good to go for its first trial in Sweden at Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc operation.
FREMONT, CA: Boliden's zinc plant in Sweden, Garpenberg, will be the first in Europe to test the battery-electric Sandvik LH518B LHD, according to the manufacturer.They have agreed to do it for 12 months for the new 18-t battery-electric loader. Garpemnberg is one of the oldest and one of the most productive mines for underground zinc, in Sweden. Starting in 2022, Sandvik LH518B will support Boliden to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Owning to very minimal changes in the mining infrastructure, Sandvik LH518B is very easy to implement in underground processes. An electric loader may be back to work in less than six minutes with the help of technologies such as Sandvik AutoSwap and AutoConnect, which make it possible. Rather than rely on cranes or forklifts, the loader itself swaps out the batteries under the supervision of the operator in the cabin. Third-generation BEVs, such as the Sandvik LH518B, have been developed wholly around their battery systems and electric drivelines to maximize battery system potential.
An increasing number of mining operations across the world are experimenting with this battery-powered LHD. A total of four units will be tested in Kirkland Lake Gold's Fosterville mine in Australia, Gold Fields' Hamlet North mine in South Africa, Kennecott Utah Copper's underground expansion project at Bingham Canyon in Utah, and Gold Fields' South Deep operation in South Africa.