Epiroc won a large order for equipment, including battery-electric machines and automation solutions, from the Canadian Malartic Partnership that will be used in a major new underground gold mine currently under construction.

The order includes a variety of drill rigs, loaders and mine trucks. Some of the machines will be battery powered. Automation features include Minetruck Automation and Scooptram Automation, which are part of Epiroc’s 6th Sense portfolio of digital solutions.

The order also includes education and training using sophisticated simulators.

The miner said it selected Epiroc because the supplier had demonstrated a willingness to be a leader in the advancement of mining technology. “We are privileged that Epiroc has proposed us a collaborative approach to effectively integrate their equipment into the Odyssey mine and actively participate in this evolution,” said Patrick Mercier, general manager, Odyssey mine. “The benefits from this collaboration will contribute to making mines even safer and jobs more accessible in the field.”

The Odyssey mine is located just west of the Canadian Malartic Partnership’s open-pit gold mine, which is still in operation, in Malartic, Québec, Canada. Epiroc previously sold Pit Viper surface drill rigs and other equipment to the partnership, which is a 50/50 venture between Yamana Gold Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.