Epiroc wins battery-electric mining order
By Catrin Jones19 April 2022
Epiroc, a mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, has won an order for battery-electric mining equipment from Assmang Proprietary Limited to be used at a manganese ore mine in South Africa.
Assmang Proprietary Limited has placed an order, valued at SEK120 million (US$12.5 million), for several of Epiroc’s battery loaders and mine trucks. The Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery will be deployed at the Black Rock underground mine in the Northern Cape Province.
Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s President and CEO, said, “Epiroc is proud to support Assmang on its journey toward lower emissions through the use of our cutting-edge battery-electric machines, while also prioritising productivity and safety.”
The Sweden-based manufacturer stated in a press release that Assmang has previously ordered the same type of battery-electric machines for this mine. In 2019 Assmang selected Epiroc’s Mobilaris Mining Intelligence digital solution, which provides superior situational awareness of the mining operation in real-time.
The Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery machines, manufactured in Örebro, Sweden, will be equipped with a Collision Avoidance System as well as with the telematics system Certiq, which allows for automated monitoring of productivity and machine performance.