Vale boosts safety with Epiroc battery agreement

Epiroc's second generation of battery electric machinery.

Epiroc has inked a deal with Vale to supply its batteries as a service (BaaS) agreement, eliminating the risks surrounding battery installation and removal on mine sites.

BaaS puts all batteries on a mine site in the hands of Epiroc, who continually monitor, install and replace them when needed.

This prevents companies from buying or leasing batteries, but instead purchasing a battery operation service from Epiroc, removing the requirement for mine sites to handle the batteries.

“A key component to the success of this offering is the flexibility it allows our customers. We take ownership of the battery itself and automatically replace and update the units as needed, which means the mine site can breathe easier and continue to focus on heightened production,” Epiroc Rocvolt Canada product manager Shawn Samuels said.

Epiroc will also uninstall old batteries at two of Vale’s Canadian sites and use them for secondary applications, recycling the batteries at the end of the process. This prevents mine sites from some of the risks associated with batteries.

Predictive maintenance is also achieved through Epiroc’s BaaS, and therefore prevents downtime.

“Batteries as a Service helps our customers benefit from the latest battery technology without having to worry about facilitating upgrades and removals – they can focus on their business and we make sure they have all the power they need,” Epiroc head of marketing–Rocvolt products and services Fredrik Martinsson said.

The company’s agreement with Vale is Epiroc’s first BaaS agreement.

Vale is the world’s largest nickel producer, and is one of many companies in the industry aiming for sustainable production and zero emissions.

“A key component to the success of this offering is the flexibility it allows our customers. We take ownership of the battery itself and automatically replace and update the units as needed, which means the mine site can breathe easier and continue to focus on heightened production,” Epiroc Rocvolt Canada product manager Shawn Samuels said.

Vale will also be provided with 10 of Epiroc’s battery electric vehicles for two of its Canadian mine sites, including four Scooptram ST14 loaders, two Boomer M2C drill rigs, two Bolec MC bolting rigs and two Minetruck MT42 trucks.

Three Epiroc charging cabinets and seven charging posts will be installed at Vale’s sites.

“We value and look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Vale as we move towards a zero emissions future in mining together. We both recognise the positive impact a successful battery service implementation can have on operations, so our mutual confidence in one another is well placed,” Epiroc Canada general manager Jason Smith said.

Vale will receive the Epiroc battery equipment through the course of this year and into the first quarter of 2021.

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