NI 43-101 Update (September 2012): 11.1 Mt @ 1.68% Ni, 0.87% Cu, 0.89 gpt Pt and 3.09 gpt Pd and 0.18 gpt Au (Proven & Probable Reserves) / 8.9 Mt @ 1.10% Ni, 1.14% Cu, 1.16 gpt Pt and 3.49 gpt Pd and 0.30 gpt Au (Inferred Resource)


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Message: Glencore Talks Battery Power and Going Deeper at Onaping Depth... to Stay Alive
  • Glencore preps Onaping Depth for electric future

    Glencore is working with battery equipment manufacturers to bring live one of the first all-electric mines in Canada
  • Underground  Mining > Fleet

Glencore has been talking about designing its Onaping Depth nickel-copper project in Sudbury, Ontario, around a battery-electric fleet for some years now.

A part of its Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (INO), the new US$700 million underground mine was approved in early 2018 and is expected to come on stream in 2023-24. It might just miss the title of the very-first all-electric underground mine in Canada, which is set to go to Goldcorp once its Borden Lake mine starts commercial operation (still scheduled for 2019); although other miners are introducing this technology as well.

In 2017, at the CIM Convention in Montreal, the project infrastructure lead Tom Guse was talking about the benefits of a fully electric fleet.

"The difference in OPEX thanks to ventilation at Onaping Depth is huge," he said. " If we use a battery electric fleet, we need a 14-15MW cooling plant to refrigerate the mine, compared with a 20-30MW plant for a diesel fleet."

According to Glencore, just a few years ago, Sudbury INO's mines were expected to reach the end of their lifecycle as early as 2023, without any further investment. The Onaping Depth project created an opportunity to extend this life.

Due to the deposit's depth (at 2,600m), as Guse highlighted, ventilation, heating and refrigeration were expected to take up a large portion of operating costs.

Through using battery electric vehicles, Glencore said, Onaping Depth is expected to reduce its energy usage by 44% for ventilation systems and by 30% for cooling equipment, compared to an equivalent diesel-fuelled operation. This, in turn, translates to savings in fuel and energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Mining OEM Caterpillar has been testing its proof-of-concept battery-electric R1300 machine at one of Sudbury INO's underground mines, with the machine running in trials alongside its diesel equivalent.

Caterpillar used the insight gained from this testing to develop the R1700 XE - its first commercial battery-electric load-haul-dump (LHD) machine, as announced last month.

Personal Comment:  When Noront finally gets around to mining their Eagle's Nest deposit they will likely follow suit with Glencore in regards to using an electric fleet for all underground excavating and transportation at mine site.  As you can see Glencore anticipates huge savings, and at the same time less pollution generated at their Onaping Depth operation.  This would translate very well with Noront's promise to leave as small a footprint at Eagle's Nest as possible, which would further secure their mine site permitting when added to their overall EA.  A decision of this sort by Noront is something I believe both Marten Falls and Webequie are anticipating, because it would show their commitment toward protecting their people, and their land, from further pollution; decrease diesel reliance.

Oddly enough, Noront's timeline to open the Eagle's Nest mine in     2023-24 coincides nicely with Glencore Onaping Depth Project.  Not to say that this was planned, but I find the fact that they will be competing in Ontario against one another to be interesting.  Truly, if Glencore wants to capitalize on nickel mining here in Ontario why not just make Noront an offer for Eagle's Nest; if possible.  OR  Better yet....Join forces.  This would be a win-win for everyone...of course.  But whether this happens or not between these two, the obvious fact is that as we de-risk further (ex. road announcement) the target on our backs will be getting bigger and bigger.  That is unless some white knight comes to protect us.


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