Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has secured an order for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) from BHP for the Jansen potash project, located in Saskatchewan, Canada. Jansen Stage 1 is being designed with a focus on sustainability and technology and the battery-electric loaders will be used in the most advanced potash-mine in the world.

“Electric mining equipment is essential to meeting our goals to reduce emissions, improve productivity and most importantly protect the health of our employees underground. Jansen will have the lowest carbon emissions per ton of product produced compared to any potash mine operating today in Saskatchewan,” BHP Potash President Simon Thomas said.

With an initial capacity of 4.35 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of potash production, it has the potential to be the largest potash-producing mine in the world and is expected to operate up to 100 years. First production for the project is targeted for the calendar year 2027.

BHP has ordered 10 underground battery-electric loaders along with one electric tethered loader.

“We are excited to partner with BHP and proud to contribute to the sustainability and productivity of this project. Sandvik electric loaders have been designed to best utilize innovative technology of its battery pack and electric driveline, and maximize the capabilities of our battery technology,” said Alex Willows – Business Line Manager for Sandvik Canada.

Delivery of the equipment is scheduled to begin 2023 and continue through 2025.