Goldcorp drops diesel, goes electric

Goldcorp has opted for electric vehicles at its Borden underground gold mine in Ontario, Canada, hoping to deliver environmental, health, safety and economic benefits.

The electric mine, slated for commercial production in the second half of this year, is expected to deliver a 70 per cent smaller carbon footprint than if conventional diesel vehicles were used. It will also reduce noise pollution, reduce the risk of hydrocarbon spills and  res and reduce or eliminate exhaust fumes, all of which will result in lower capital and operating costs.

Speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) conference in Melbourne, Goldcorp President and CEO David Garofalo said the shift to battery electric vehicles was nearing a tipping point for industry.

“There are wide-reaching benefits, and not just for mining, but similar industrial industries like cement and construction,” he said. “The technology will soon meet the needs of larger application now that Borden has chosen to make all-electric a reality.

“Safety performance and risk reduction are integral elements of the vision.

“Using diesel in an underground operation is a risk inherent in the mining industry.

“We manage and mitigate it as other mining companies do, but we know that by removing it we remove a source of heat, fire and emissions from where our workers are and lower the risk profile of our operations.”

In addition to electric vehicles, several other technologies have been incorporated into the mine design.

Designed to enhance safety and productivity, Borden is a ‘connected mine’ that has real-time knowledge of where people, equipment and work is being done.

Goldcorp has partnered with like-minded suppliers, the Canadian Government and others to commercialise clean technologies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, modernise the regulatory regime and improve the social acceptability of the industry.

“The provincial and federal governments have played a significant role in the acceleration of adoption of clean technologies and the modernisation of industry,” Mr Garofalo said.

Pending approvals, Goldcorp is expected to merge with Newmont Mining in the second quarter of 2019.

Image: Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer David Garofalo.

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