In April 2019, the inaugural International Mining Events conference titled The Electric Mine took place in Toronto, Canada, and was a major success with attendance from a wide range of global mining companies, technology providers, engineering houses, equipment OEMs and consultants. It came at the right time for the industry and with the right mix of stakeholders but with a very focused agenda. The follow-up event has seen inevitable postponements due to COVID-19 but will now take place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel from February 17-18, 2022.
We are very happy today to be able to announce that the newly created Electric Mine Consortium is now an official supporter of the conference, and will also be in the speaker line-up with an afternoon keynote on Day One. The morning keynote is due to be given by consortium member and Platinum Sponsor, Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions, with President Henrik Ager to take to the stage.
The Electric Mine Consortium joins the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), also supporting the conference, as well as Gold Sponsors Epiroc, Wabtec and Caterpillar, plus our newest Gold Sponsor, Komatsu Mining Corp. Other event sponsors include XING Mobility, Tembo 4×4 e-LV, Total Lubricants, EY, Xerotech and MacLean Engineering.
Leading companies in the mining industry are taking real steps towards decarbonisation. Over a dozen mining and service companies have joined forces to create the new Electric Mine Consortium with the ambition to accelerate progress towards the fully electrified zero CO2 and zero particulates mine. The initial Electric Mine Consortium members include State of Play, Sandvik, Epiroc, OZ Minerals, South32, Gold Fields, Safescape, Dassault Systemes, Energy Vault, Hahn, Horizon Power, 3ME, IGO and Barminco.
The Electric Mine Consortium foundation announcement also included a joint statement by the mining and mining contractor company member CEOs saying: “We share the objective to accelerate industry progress towards electric, zero emissions and zero particulates mines. Electrification of mine sites, powered by clean energy, offers our industry the option to operate our mines in line with our individual commitments to decarbonise our operations. It also provides the ability to improve the working environment for our employees by eliminating the use of diesel in underground mines. Electrification of mine sites is a key technical foundation for the automation of our equipment which will provide a large step forward in productivity and safety. Electrification offers the potential to drive improved economics with simplified, interoperable, electric-drive equipment resulting in lower mining and energy costs.We have chosen to join with over a dozen other mining and service companies in the ‘Electric Mine Consortium’ to achieve these goals.”
The consortium, they said, will allow the miners and contractors to collaboratively: 1. Resolve key technology choices 2. Shape the supplier ecosystem 3. Influence policy, and 4. Communicate the business case. “By working together, we plan to accelerate progress using our joint scale and influence,” they added. The statement was signed off by Andrew Cole of OZ Minerals, Graham Kerr of South32, Paul Muller of Barminco, IGO’s Peter Bradford, and Stuart Mathews from Gold Fields Australia.
To attend The Electric Mine 2022, go to the registration page at bit.ly/30KqifA