Epiroc USA’s first Boltec M10 Battery launches operations at Nevada Gold Mines

Epiroc, the global mining equipment leader, has successfully introduced the first Boltec M10 Battery rig in the US at Nevada Gold Mines. It says this marks a significant step toward greener practices in the mining industry. Russ Osborne, Key Account Manager at Epiroc USA, shared his excitement, saying: “We’re thrilled to help our customers lead the charge in electrifying the US mining sector with the Boltec M10 Battery.”

The Boltec M10 SG rock bolting rig for ground support Epiroc says brings multiple enhancements to underground operations, including an improved operator work environment, reduced noise, and a smaller environmental footprint. The rig features an onboard charger for convenient battery charging during downtime, ensuring uninterrupted drilling operations.

Epiroc’s Competency Center for Underground Mining, headquartered in Elko, Nevada, offers advanced technical support in the region, as well as specialised electrification, and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) expertise, including diesel-to-battery conversions. The centre is equipped to service and support BEV transition.

“Nevada Gold Mines embraces shifting to a more decarbonised method of mining and is looking forward to the benefits of the BEV Boltec M10 and seeing its success. The Boltec M10 has proven to be a valuable asset in the industry, providing environmental benefits and optimising operational efficiency,” said David Byrnes, Mine Manager, NGM Leeville Underground Complex.

This successful deployment of the first BEV Boltec in the US Epiroc says underscores its dedication to advanced mining practices, aligning with the industry’s shift towards cleaner and more efficient technologies.