Rig and equipment provider Epiroc has joined forces with LKAB, ABB, Combitech and AB Volvo to develop a new standard for sustainable mining. The model will be tested in the orefields of northern Sweden.

“We’re proud to be part of a collaborative effort to develop the world’s most modern mining operation,” says Per Lindberg, president and CEO of Epiroc. “This aligns well with our focus on autonomous and battery-operated products and solutions that improve productivity and safety in the mines.”

The testbed, Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM), will be created at LKAB’s holdings in northern Sweden, and also have a virtual mine component. The group will develop and test new technology under real-world conditions. That new technology will include control systems, improved mining equipment efficient management systems designed to meet future demands. The group’s goal is to work toward autonomous production that is carbon-dioxide free and has the highest conceivable level of safety.

Epiroc serves customers in the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries in more than 150 countries. It develops and produces drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment, and also offers services and consumables. For more information, visit www.epiroc.us.