Epiroc field trials battery-electric SmartROC D65 BE with Capital Limited

Agustín de Vicente / January 9, 2024 | 10:19
Epiroc has partnered up with leading mining services company Capital Limited to field test the innovative SmartROC D65 BE, a battery-electric surface drill rig for the mining and construction industry.

The demand for zero emission or low emissions is high, as the world is pushing to transition from fossil-fuel-driven equipment to sustainably powered rigs. The field test of the SmartROC D65 BE is therefore important both for Epiroc and Capital Limited, who share the same desire to decarbonize the mining industry. 

"This field test is an important step in our drive towards emission-free surface drill rigs. Capital Limited is always pushing the boundaries with new technologies, and that makes them an ideal partner for this field test."

Hakan Aytekin ,Vice President, Epiroc Surface division.

Capital Limited points out that this field test is a major step in its emission reduction and decarbonization pathway, and also in continuing to provide a premium service to  its clients.  

“We are excited to be at the forefront of the transformation alongside Epiroc, bringing innovative electric drill rigs both to our fleet and to the broader market”, says Peter Stokes, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Limited.

Capital Limited has been a close and valued partner to Epiroc for many years. This trial will further strengthen the relationship between the two companies.
“We have developed a strong partnership over the years – and we are proud to support Capital Limited in their future transition journey”, says Robin Edsborn, Global Product Line Manager, Epiroc Surface division.

"Epiroc brings the supply of top-quality equipment, strong aftermarket support and competitive OEM financing options. Our close partnership ensures that we are appropriately prepared for the demand ahead of us."

Peter Stokes. ,Chief Executive Officer Capital Limited.

The battery-electric SmartROC D65 field test will take place in Sukari Mine in Egypt, where Capital Limited already has a broad fleet of Epiroc drill rigs.

Capital Limited is a leading service provider for the exploration and mining industry. The company provides full-service mining, drilling, maintenance, and geochemical analysis solutions.

Epiroc has ambitious sustainability goals for 2030, which include halving the CO2 emissions from both operations and from sold products. The aim is to offer a full range of underground equipment in emission-free versions by 2025, and surface equipment by 2030.

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