Sandvik’s largest-capacity BEV truck for underground arrives in Western Australia

Sandvik TH665B battery electric truck

The Sandvik TH665B battery electric truck, which features an unrivalled 65-tonne payload capacity has landed in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The truck will be showcased at the St Barbara’s Day Parade on the first weekend in December.

Barminco and AngloGold Ashanti Australia will then trial the truck at the Sunrise Dam gold mine to prove its viability in a long ramp haulage application before commercial production of Sandvik TH665B is expected to commence in late 2024.

Sandvik is continuing to execute on its BEV strategy by expanding its product line of battery­electric trucks and loaders to include both larger and smaller size classes. The Sandvik TH665B is engineered to improve productivity, sustainability and cost efficiency in bulk mining operations.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Business Development Manager Daniel Yearn said with more than 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of underground mining equipment, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in helping customers embrace more sustainable solutions.

“Our 65-tonne battery-electric truck is our latest development in helping hard rock miners and contractors to make the shift towards more productive, emission-free mining,” he said.

The Sandvik TH665B blends proven Sandvik design and advanced technology built around electric drivelines and battery systems. Due to an extremely efficient electric driveline, a fully loaded Sandvik TH665B is expected to be up to 30 per cent faster on a 1:7 ramp than a comparable conventional diesel underground truck. Each of the truck’s four wheels is equipped with independent drives, resulting in a simpler driveline, improved overall efficiency and maximum power output. The Sandvik TH665B electric drivetrain delivers 640kW of continuous power, enabling high acceleration and fast ramp speeds.

The truck is equipped with Sandvik’s patented self-swapping battery system, including the AutoSwap and AutoConnect functions, which enables a quick and easy battery swap in a matter of minutes, and without any major infrastructure like overhead cranes or other heavy handling equipment. The Sandvik TH665B also features a new battery lifting system for improved reliability and the battery cage has been redesigned to improve serviceability, enabling battery module changes without the need to remove the battery packs from the battery cage.

The new operator cabin utilises the same design as the industry leading cabin of Sandvik’s Toro™ TH663i underground truck. The cabin offers premium operator ergonomics with a significant number of adjustment possibilities to facilitate a comfortable operating environment.

The central oscillation frame design results in improved stability, and the front axle suspension ensures a smooth ride on rough roads. The Sandvik TH665B cabin is equipped with joystick steering, large touchscreen colour display and the newest control system, providing easy access to equipment data.

CSIRO pours Australia’s first eco-friendly gold bar produced without toxic cyanide

You might pay more for single origin, ethically-produced coffee beans for your morning brew, but what about environmentally friendly gold in your wedding ring?

Highly-toxic cyanide has been used in commercial gold production in Australia since the gold rush.

But the CSIRO have successfully poured Australia’s first gold bar using the less-harmful alternative, thiosulphate.

Saracen boss’ stability plea

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Saracen Mineral Holdings boss Raleigh Finlayson is calling for the mining sector to stabilise its topsy-turvy engineering graduate demand, regardless of industry conditions, to promote mining as a viable pathway for students.

Mining asteroids could unlock untold wealth – here’s how to get started!

The Conversation May 2 2018

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Post-Doctoral Researcher of Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University

Several privately funded space companies are locked in a race to claim the trillions of pounds worth of precious metals thought to exist in asteroids. The UK has now entered the race, with the Asteroid Mining Corporation becoming the first of these new firms in the country.

WASM Graduate Returns to Head ASX Listed Company

Potash play seeks $4min ASX float
Josh Chiat kalgoorlie Miner

WA School of Mines graduate and former Energia Minerals chief Keren Paterson is plotting a return to the head of an ASX-listed company, with her potash play Trigg Mining lodging its pro-spectus this week for a $4 million float.
Trigg controls about 2670sqkm of lake country in the northern Goldfields considered prospective for potassium brine.
It has appointed CPS Capital as lead manager to raise $4 million through the issue of 20 million shares at 20¢ a piece, but could take oversubscriptions of up to $2 million for a $6 million raising.
Ms Paterson, a Kalgoorlie-trained mining engineer whose career in the Goldfields mining industry includes a stint managing the Frog’s Leg underground mine, is the company’s managing
director.
Trigg’s chairman Mike Ralston said the company was looking to fill the world’s growing need for fertiliser to underpin crop production. Trigg has set an exploration target at the Lake Rason prospect,
part of its Laverton Links project,of 2.6-9.3 million tonnes of drain-able SoP with a weighted average grade of 4.3-6.3kg.

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