Boliden’s Garpenberg mine receives Sandvik’s first Toro™ LH518iB
Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc operation in Sweden has taken delivery of Sandvik’s first Toro™ LH518iB with AutoMine®. Boliden is partnering with Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions for a 12-month collaborative trial of the new automation-ready 18-tonne battery-electric loader.
Considered one of the most modern mining operations, Garpenberg is the world’s most productive underground zinc mine and Sweden’s oldest mining area still in operation. The mine is now set to become the first in Europe to trial a Sandvik battery-electric loader.
Toro™ LH518iB will support Boliden’s efforts to improve sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions underground. The company’s climate targets include a 40 percent reduction of absolute CO2 emissions in scope 1 and 2 and 30 percent reduction of scope 3 emissions by 2030.
“We are proud to be recipients of the very first Toro™ LH518iB with AutoMine®,” said Jenny Gotthardsson, Garpenberg’s General Manager. “The unit has already undergone extensive factory testing in Finland and we look forward to really putting it through its paces now in our operation. We’re on a journey to reduce fossil fuel usage and CO2 emissions and increase productivity, and we are happy to work towards these goals with long-time partner Sandvik.”
Toro™ LH518iB marries industry-leading battery-electric and automation technologies. Building on predecessor Sandvik LH518B, Toro™ LH518iB features several design updates and significantly improved field serviceability. The latest version of Sandvik’s intelligent control system enables AutoMine® readiness, and AutoMine® compatibility will be available for Garpenberg’s Toro™ LH518iB in Q1 2024.
Toro™ LH518iB has dimensions equivalent to the 14-metric-ton size class, enabling it to fit in a 4.5-by-4.5-meter tunnel. Its ground-up design, powerful electric motors and innovative electric driveline result in a compact size with higher payload capacity and increased visibility. Sandvik’s patented self-swapping battery system, including the AutoSwap and AutoConnect functions, minimizes infrastructure needs and enables the loader to return to operation significantly sooner than ‘fast-charge’ mining BEVs. The battery swap is performed by the loader itself, controlled by the operator in the cabin, without need for overhead cranes or forklifts.
“We’re excited to see the productivity and sustainability benefits Garpenberg will gain from Toro™ LH518iB with AutoMine® as we monitor the loader’s performance and production metrics over the next 12 months,” said Johanna Øygard, Territory Manager for North East Europe at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.
Turku, Finland, August 29, 2023
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