Sandvik, Byrnecut make diesel-electric collab

Contract miner Byrnecut has confirmed it will collaborate with Sandvik to develop new diesel-electric mining equipment with the aim to boost sustainability, efficiency and productivity underground.

Under an agreement signed in May, the two will work together to develop underground loaders and trucks featuring electric drivetrains. The overall goal is to create equipment that matches Byrnecut’s specific capability requirements and helps optimize operations.

“Diesel-electric equipment has a proven ability to combine the low-maintenance benefits of electric machines with the flexibility of diesel,” Pat Boniwell, managing director at Byrnecut Australia, said of the pairing.

“We have a long association with Sandvik, and we’re pleased to be providing input and feedback that will help shape the new Sandvik diesel-electric range. We’re also looking forward to passing benefits of this collaboration on to our customers.”

Mats Eriksson, president, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, said the future of mining is likely to include a combination of multiple coexisting technologies.

“An immediate switch to full battery-electric isn’t feasible for every operation,” Eriksson said.

“We have extensive expertise in both battery-electric and conventional diesel technology within Sandvik, and we believe combining this expertise will lead to new productive solutions for our customers. We’re delighted that Byrnecut is sharing its knowledge of underground and will provide feedback to help us develop the best diesel-electric loaders and trucks.”

Sandvik announced in 2023 it was moving ahead with developing a diesel-electric range of underground loaders and trucks to complement its leading battery-electric offering. The decision followed the showcasing of Sandvik’s Toro diesel-electric truck demonstrator to customers at a technology workshop in Turku, Finland in 2022.

The collaboration between Sandvik and Byrnecut will initially involve establishing a common vision for optimizing Sandvik diesel-electric machines for Byrnecut’s needs. Byrnecut will then work together with Sandvik on the design of the machines and provide feedback at various testing stages, including pre-factory testing, operational testing and trial testing.


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