The Scooptram ST14 Battery loader is part of the order by Assmang for the Black Rock mine. (Photo: Epiroc)

Epiroc won a MSEK 120 ($12.7 million) order for battery-electric mining equipment from Assmang Pty Ltd. to be used at its manganese ore mine in South Africa. Assmang has ordered several of Epiroc’s battery loaders and mine trucks — the Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery — that will be deployed at its Black Rock underground mine in the Northern Cape province.

 Assmang has previously ordered the same type of battery-electric machines for this mine, and in 2019, Assmang began using Epiroc’s Mobilaris Mining Intelligence digital solution, which provides situational awareness of the mining operation in real-time.

“Epiroc is proud to support Assmang on its journey toward lower emissions through the use of our cutting-edge battery-electric machines, while also prioritizing productivity and safety,” Epiroc President and CEO Helena Hedblom said.

The Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery machines, manufactured in Örebro, Sweden, are built to face the toughest conditions and are packed with intelligent features. They will be equipped with Collision Avoidance System as well as with the telematics system Certiq, which allows for automated monitoring of productivity and machine performance.