LKAB's goal is to have carbon-free products and processes in about twenty years, but as early as 2026, the Malmberget mine will supply fossil-free iron ore to the planned sponge iron plant. For this to become a reality, fossil fuels must be phased out and next year Sandvik's battery vehicles will therefore be tested in sharp production.
"Electric operation in the mine improves both the working environment and the climate, but above all it is a natural part of LKAB's strategy. Now the mine in Malmberget also get a clearer connection to LKAB's project for the sustainable, digital and carbon-free mine of the future, which we are implementing together with Sandvik, Epiroc, ABB and Combitech," says Per Brännman, mine manager in Malmberget.
First in line with expected delivery during the second half of 2022 is Sandvik's TH550B truck, which holds 50 tonnes. At the beginning of 2023 will Sandvik deliver the LH518B loader, which loads 18 tonnes in the bucket.
"We are preparing to to be able to systematically test and evaluate the battery machines. We start with a defined production area, where we look at battery capacity and safety issues, among other things. The commitment and input of the production staff will be very important, as these vehicles might be their future working tools," says Peter Gustavsson, project manager for the electrification of the mine in Malmberget.