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.

latest news

Africa mines digging deep for rich, proud future

The unearthing of diamonds along the Orange River more than 150 years ago marked the beginning of South Africa’s journey to becoming a mining juggernaut.

Read more

Pegging new ground not a plaint and simple call

Use it or lose it. It’s a widely accepted tenet of the resources sector from prospectors to mining giants. But how it is applied is increasingly being called into question.

Read more

St Barbara shares smashed over Gwalia issues

Shares in St Barbara have tumbled more than 30 per cent after the gold miner said it would have to keep using trucking to extract gold from its 123-year-old Gwalia mine in the northern Goldfields.

Read more

Don’t go FIFO: parents’ warning to kids

Parents are discouraging their teenage children from pursuing careers in the resources sector because they mistakenly believe there are “no jobs” in the industry — potentially helping to create a crippling future skills shortage.

Read more

Forrest in self-drive race with WA research

  Google and Tesla are no longer the only big players in the race towards a self-driving car future, with mining billionaire Andrew Forrest today unveiling plans for a research centre in WA’s North West.

Read more

Chinese iron ore imports predicted to plummet

China could slash its iron ore imports by 40 per cent as its Government winds down stimulus of an overpriced housing sector with disastrous consequences for Australian iron ore producers, a conference in Perth was told yesterday.

Read more

 

industry insight

Australia powers into battery world

First there was the gold rush, then the iron ore boom and now, the battery metals revolution.

Products and Technology

Australian mining tool could save lives

Explosives go hand-in-hand with mining and are an integral part of deep earth exploration. The dangers of explosives are obvious and indeed, there have been

...
People and Projects

Capturing the value of veterans in mining

Australian Defence Force veterans are not ‘damaged’ individuals. They are highly-trained and skilled people who are a good fit for the mining

...
Occupational Health and Safety

New washer system offers better safety

Since 1968, Hytorc Torque Tooling has been developing, engineering and perfecting torque tools designed to improve productivity and safety across a number of

...

interview

Principles lead the way

From the Bronze Age to the Information Age, minerals and metals have helped produce widespread innovation and continue to contribute to many aspects of contemporary life.

Read more