Sandvik has received a SEK 180 million (US$17.2 million) automated equipment order from top copper producer Codelco to outfit its fleet at the El Teniente mine in Chile.
The order, booked in 1Q23, is to supply an AutoMine Fleet automation system and six autonomous loaders for the Recursos Norte operations at the El Teniente mine.
The Toro LH514 loaders and the AutoMine Fleet system − capable of being scaled to support up to 13 machines − will be delivered during 2023. After delivery, Codelco will have more than 40 autonomous Sandvik trucks and loaders in operation at El Teniente.
Mats Eriksson, president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, said the order is a continuation of Sandvik’s long-standing partnership with Codelco on automation solutions. It also underscores Codelco’s mission to be the operator of the world’s most automated and digitalized mine.
“I am very pleased that Codelco has again chosen us to deliver our leading automation solutions to El Teniente,” he said. “We continue to see strong interest in our AutoMine solutions that help our customers improve safety, sustainability and productivity, and we look forward to continuing our valued partnership with Codelco.”