September 29, 2023
ABB’s eMine system.

A collaboration by ABB and mining companies group Perenti has been awarded its first contract by Australian mine operator IGO to supply an all-electric mine examine for the total underground electrification of IGO’s Cosmos Nickel Venture in Western Australia.

The examine will contemplate mine hauling operations, fleet choice, energy distribution and electrical infrastructure design, power effectivity and energy administration, with decarbonisation and electrification, together with price modelling.

It contains ABB’s eMine framework for electrification and automation.

Specialists from the three corporations will work collectively to supply a pathway for the optimum design of mine electrification on the IGO-owned Cosmos Venture.

The examine is a big step in IGO’s dedication to repeatedly bettering its sustainability efficiency by trialling new applied sciences and decarbonising its operations, serving to to create a cleaner power future, says ABB.

The mine operator’s aim is to implement an entire mine electrification resolution at Cosmos by mid-2025.

“At IGO, we imagine in a cleaner power future, and that extends to our underground mining operations the place the electrification of our fleets will create a safer, greener, and extra productive operation,” says IGO technical companies head Chris Carr.

Perenti managing director and chief govt Mark Norwell says valuing the atmosphere and enabling the power transition is one in every of Perenti’s three key sustainability imperatives.

“And this examine demonstrates the capabilities of our electrification collaboration with ABB.

“Decarbonisation and electrification are vital to the way forward for mining, and we’re privileged to be working with our consumer IGO on this pioneering examine.”

ABB vice chairman and enterprise line mining supervisor Max Luedtke says the examine is an “preferrred alternative to additional our efforts and collectively drive in the direction of offering electrical options that successfully decarbonise the mining trade”.

“At ABB, we take delight in sharing our eMine method for electrification and automation, spanning from pit to port, by such efficient collaborations inside the trade.”