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Sandvik joins forces with Codelco

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Global Mining Review,

Sandvik will deliver AutoMine® and OptiMine® solutions to Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine in Chile. Codelco is converting its Chuquicamata mine from open cast to an underground mine as part of a 10-year strategic project to prolong its existing mines. Operations are due to start in 2019.

Sandvik will deliver a production automation system based on its AutoMine® and OptiMine® products. The system will allow Codelco to operate its new fleet of Sandvik LH621 loaders in full automation. The open system integrates manual operations and autonomous equipment into one solution with AutoMine® and OptiMine®, enabling transparency and real-time control over the parallel production and mine development activities.

“Using our mines to full effect is part of our focus on sustainability and a key driver for our business,” said Andrés Avendaño, operations manager, Chuquicamata Underground. “Automation and optimisation are critical to getting the most from our mines and keeping our people safe while we do it.”

“Codelco has been an important partner for us from the beginning,” said Riku Pulli, vice president of automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “It’s fantastic to continue the partnership as our visions are well aligned. We look forward to working with Codelco to deliver even smarter, safer, more productive mining through digitalisation.”

Codelco is the number one copper producer in the world and is owned by the Republic of Chile government. It controls about 19% of the world’s copper reserves and is also the second producer of molybdenum worldwide, with 24 000 t produced in 2018.

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