Borden, or “the mine of the future” as the world’s largest gold miner has promoted it, uses an electricity and battery-powered underground fleet.
The vehicles are expected to eliminate all greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with diesel-based equipment and the movement of ore and waste rock, equal to roughly 50% of the total GHGs on site, or 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The mine also features state-of-the-art
health and safety controls as well as digital mining technologies and processes.
Both the Canadian and Ontario governments each granted the company C$5 million towards electrification of the gold mine, which opened last week.
“Borden joins the next generation of Newmont Goldcorp mines and leverages our leading land position to anchor this new gold district in Ontario,” president and chief executive officer, Tom Palmer, said in the statement.
Ore from the mine is processed at
the existing mill at Porcupine, in Timmins, 180 km to the east, creating a new
gold mining district in Ontario, according to Palmer.
Borden, which is generating 250
jobs for local and First Nations people in the Chapleau area, is part of a 1,000
square km-land package owned by Newmont Goldcorp.
That are in northeastern Ontario is
a relatively underexplored mineral belt with no mining history, which the gold
giant will continue to explore.
Newmont Goldcorp expects that once it demonstrates the numerous benefits of an all-electric operation, other mining companies will follow its example.