In its recently released 2022 Sustainability Report, Dundee Precious Metals highlighted a pilot project, in partnership with Sandvik, at its Chelopech and Ada Tepe mines in Bulgaria that will pave the way for the electrification of its mines.
The Canadian-based gold miner purchased three electrified heavy-duty Sandvik vehicles – a Solo drill, a loader, and a truck – for the two mines. One of the machines is already operating on site, while the other two are expected later in 2023.
“By replacing some of our corresponding diesel equipment we expect to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 1,600 t CO2e per year,” said the miner.
“The pilot is a big step in achieving our Scope 1 and 2 decarbonization targets, and will help build valuable experience that will be transferred to other existing and new sites.”
The miner also announced its goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 37.5% by 2035 (compared to baseline in 2020). Last year, it reduced the emissions by 10% compared to 2021, representing significant progress toward achieving its 2035 target.
Source: Dundee Precious Metals