Boliden has agreed to acquire 17 new haul trucks to the Kevitsa mine and nine new haul trucks to the Aitik mine from Komatsu at a total price of SEK900m ($99.77m).

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Image: Boliden to acquire nine new haul trucks for Aitik mine. Photo: courtesy of Lars deWall/Boliden Group.

The investment will support expanding operations, insourcing of transports and a partial replacement of the existing truck fleet.

The Kevitsa ramp up from 7.5 to 9.5 Mtonnes per year in milled volume is scheduled to reach the new production pace during 2020. The expansion of Aitik from 39 to 45 Mtonnes per year is expected to be completed 2020.

Boliden president and CEO Mikael Staffas said: “This is an important step in the development of our open-pit mines while improving our environmental performance from an already strong position. This not least because we now create opportunities for increased electrification and related productivity development.”

The selected haul trucks are Komatsu 830E-5 for Kevitsa and Komatsu 930E-5 for Aitik. Simultaneously agreements have been made with local partners to Komatsu. All trucks are prepared for future electrification in line with Boliden´s efforts to reduce emissions. The first haul truck deliveries will take place in mid-2019.

Source: Company Press Release