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LKAB to implement Sandvik battery machines in Malmberget

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LKAB's goal is to have carbon-free products and processes in approximately 20 years, but as early as 2026, the Malmberget mine will supply fossil-free iron ore to the planned sponge iron plant. For this to become a reality, fossil fuels must be phased out and next year Sandvik's battery vehicles will therefore be tested in sharp production.

“Electric operation in the mine improves both the working environment and the climate, but above all it is a natural part of LKAB's strategy. Now the mine in Malmberget also gets a clearer connection to LKAB's project for the sustainable, digital and carbon-free mine of the future, which we are implementing together with Sandvik, Epiroc, ABB and Combitech,” said Per Brännman, Mine Manager in Malmberget.

First in line with expected delivery during 2Q22 is Sandvik's TH550B truck, which holds 50 t. At the beginning of 2023, Sandvik will deliver the LH518B loader, which loads 18 t in the bucket.

“We are preparing to be able to systematically test and evaluate the battery machines. We start with a defined production area, where we look at battery capacity and safety issues, among other things. The commitment and input of the production staff will be very important, as these vehicles might be their future working tools,” added Peter Gustavsson, Project Manager for the electrification of the mine in Malmberget.

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