Sudbury’s mining expertise, regreening success story attract Latin American delegations – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – August 2, 2019)

Battery-powered mining equipment and Sudbury’s regreening efforts are attracting groups from Latin America to visit the Nickel City in August.

Sudbury’s growing mining expertise in the development and use of battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV) has attracted the interest of managers and engineers from Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer.

Representatives from Chile’s state-run mining company, arrive in Sudbury on Aug. 5 to begin a five-day tour of operations and suppliers in Sudbury and Kirkland Lake. The Aug 5-9 visit is organized by Sudbury and Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA).

The main thrust of Codelco visit to learn as much as they can about battery electric vehicles in underground mines. They’ll be meeting with local manufacturers of BEVs and with the mine operations people who employ them in ore production.

The Chilean tour group includes maintenance, engineering and operations managers from Codelco’s El Teniente Mine – the world’s largest underground copper operation – and the Chuquicamata open-pit mine.

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