Goldcorp and Sandvik team-up to convert Borden Lake project into all-electric mine

25 September 2016 (Last Updated September 25th, 2016 18:30)

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology are to convert Canadian company Goldcorp's Borden Lake project into an all-electric mine.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology are to convert Canadian company Goldcorp's Borden Lake project into an all-electric mine. 

Under the partnership, Sandvik will provide a complete electric solution, including developing equipment for the mine.

Located in Ontario, Borden Lake is part of a series of growth projects in Goldcorp's portfolio and reported indicated resources of 1.6 million ounces of gold last year.

By making Borden Lake an all-electric mine, Goldcorp plans to ensure a better standard of health and safety for employees, helping to also cut its environmental impact and capital costs.

"It's a fully integrated battery technology where you don't have to remove, handle or swap batteries underground."

Development at the mine is scheduled to begin early 2017.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology underground equipment business line manager Dale Rakochy said: "We can provide a full solution for development equipment for the mine because of our breadth of offering.

"It's a fully integrated battery technology where you don't have to remove, handle or swap batteries underground, providing improved safety for operators and maintenance crews."

Goldcorp has already ordered the Sandvik DD422iE equipment unit for the project.

The system will use electricity from an onboard battery during tramming, and produces zero emissions when manoeuvring between headings. As a result, health and safety of miners working underground is also expected to improve.

Using the mine's existing electric infrastructure, the Sandvik driveline technology enables the battery to recharge during the drilling cycle.

It will also recharge while Sandvik DD422iE is tramming downhill, with the help of energy generated by the braking system.

The collaboration between Sandvik and Goldcorp is set to take place in the mine’s first few years to help ensure more eco-friendly operation.