An Electric Future: Creating Sustainable Value With Canada\'s 1st All-Electric Underground Mine
AN ELECTRIC FUTURE: CREATING SUSTAINABLE VALUE WITH CANADA'S 1ST ALL-ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND MINE
Energy is essential for the resource industry: crushing and transporting ore, ventilating our underground mines, and mineral processing all consume significant energy. The efficient use of energy, and access to secure and reliable energy sources, is a key strategic focus for Goldcorp through our Energy Stewardship Strategy. Goldcorp supports the Paris climate change objectives, and recognizes the need to play its part in combatting this global issue, especially because the effects of climate change are already noticeable in some of the areas where Goldcorp operates. A notable energy initiative is Goldcorp’s Borden Gold Mine, Canada’s first all-electric underground mine.
Goldcorp has teamed up with leading industry equipment suppliers to provide battery-powered underground vehicles to replace all conventional diesel powered equipment. Eliminating diesel will make a huge improvement to working conditions by removing diesel particulate and other gases like NOX and SO2 from the workplace. It cuts greenhouse gas emissions by ~70% and it reduces the risk of affecting water quality as a result of hydrocarbon spills. In doing so Goldcorp has shown to be an early adaptor in a traditionally conservative industry and is “paving the way” for others in the industry to consider going electric as well.
This project is the first of its kind in the world. It will feature the commercialization of 40 Battery Electric Vehicles in an operating underground mine. The different vehicles are in a range of engines sizes (50HP to 450HP) and have different functions, including passenger vehicles, construction vehicles, and transport trucks.
Electric Vehicles in an operating underground mine. The different vehicles are in a range of engines sizes (50HP to 450HP) and have different functions, including passenger vehicles, construction vehicles, and transport trucks.
MORE ABOUT GOLDCORP
Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines. Being a world-class gold producer means collaborating with our partners to achieve our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value. We’re constantly looking for ways to innovate – to be safer, more productive and responsible in the ways we conduct our operations.
We believe that our business should create economic and social benefits for all of our stakeholders, and that the places where we mine should be in a more advantageous position because of our presence in those communities. Our values are simple. Be safe. Be productive. Be responsible.
Environmental stewardship is integral to mine operations at GoldCorp; in 2017, we wrapped up the Water Stewardship Strategy and began to transition Towards Zero Water (H2Zero) as a water stewardship focal point.