Publication: Guideline for the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in the Underground, V.2

Published: November 05,2018

The much-awaited second edition of the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in the Underground guideline is here.

GMG, in partnership with Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), has published the much-awaited second version of their Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) guideline.

The BEVs Guideline aims to drive technological development to enable diesel-free underground mines. BEVs can reduce both a mine’s operating costs and impact on the environment, but they also require mines to make many infrastructural and procedural changes. “The health risks of diesel vehicles are considerable, especially underground,” says Heather Ednie, GMG Managing Director. “In fact, diesel emissions have been classified as a Group 1 carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.”

Responding to an urgent need for standardization, the first edition of the guideline, published in April 2017, contained only the most critical information for meeting this need. The second edition includes new content that adds valuable context to the topics covered in the first edition, presents new information based on recent technological developments and incorporates suggestions from those who used the first edition.

This edition adds an entirely new section on operations covering topics such as requirements for emergency response, maintenance and operator training. It also introduces new material to help those creating a business case for BEVs. The new version also expands the existing charging section to reflect recent technological developments, adds considerations for extreme environments and provides further discussion on e-stops, master disconnects and use of dynamic braking.

Over 100 industry experts participated in developing this edition, and their collaboration has proved how the industry can work together to drive positive changes. Tom Guse, Infrastructure Lead, Mining Projects at Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (a Glencore company) describes the guideline development process as “a great catalyst to bring the industry together to push the development of underground BEVs.” He highlights that many positive results came directly from discussions that “uncovered the challenges that both equipment manufacturers and operators face,” which resulted in “more clarity on many of the technical aspects” for all.

Jeff Anderson, Senior Mechanical Designer at MacLean Engineering, a BEV supplier, also praises the guideline development process, calling it “a tangible example of global collaboration in the mining industry.”  The process, he explains, “has produced a practical reference document that will support the drive towards emissions-free mining the world over.”

As part of the Leadership Summit this week in Perth, Australia, GMG will also offer a short course (November 7) where participants will hear straight from industry experts about topics covered in the guideline. “By bringing all industry players together, including competitors, GMG and CMIC were able to apply a level of diligence and rigour that no individual company could achieve alone,” said Ednie. “The guideline is helping users plan and determine where to invest their money and time to greatest advantage.” Click here to register.

To access the guideline, click here.

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