Epiroc & Skanska to trial world first battery-electric surface drill rig

Epiroc has agreed with Skanska Industrial Solutions AB to trial the world's first battery-electric tophammer drill rig. The Swedish quarry-based trial marks a significant milestone in the journey towards zero emissions drilling in surface mines and quarries worldwide.
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / July 5, 2022
By Guy Woodford
Skanska's Johan Eliasson (left) and Jonas Albertson, Epiroc chief technology officer, mark the agreement to trial Sweden's first-ever tophammer battery-electric rig

"This is a proud day. For many years we have been leading the development in lowering fuel consumption within tophammer drilling. With this new solution, we are taking a giant leap in the low emissions field – we are practically removing emissions from the actual drilling process, "says Ulf Gyllander, product manager tophammer drill rigs, Epiroc Surface division.


The design of the rig is based on the well-proven SmartROC T35 surface drill rig. In combination with invaluable experience gained from the development of Epiroc underground battery rigs, this SmartROC T35 E is designed to enhance the environmental standards of quarries and larger construction sites. Besides the low emissions, this rig comes with a range of smart features, options and enhanced automation solutions for high safety, reliability, and performance.


SmartROC T35 drill rig
The design of the SmartROC T35 E is based on the well-proven SmartROC T35 surface drill rig

"With this achievement, we show that the innovations of Epiroc will play a significant role in the shift to low-carbon operations within quarries and large construction applications," says Jose M. Sanchez, president of Epiroc Surface division. "As our sustainability agenda goes hand in hand with those of our customers, we are very pleased to be collaborating with Skanska Industrial Solutions AB in the trials of this important solution."


The tests will commence in September 2022 in one of Skanska Industrial Solutions' quarries in the Stockholm area.


"A milestone has been reached, and a new opportunity has come to reduce our climate impact. I am very happy about the long collaboration between Epiroc and Skanska, and it is exciting to be able to do this project together. Both companies have set bold environmental goals – this project really takes a great step towards Skanska's goal of being completely climate-neutral by 2045, which is an important part of our promise to build a better society," says Johan Eliasson, project manager, Skanska Industrial Solutions AB. 


Peter Beckman, business line manager, Epiroc Customer Center Sweden, comments: "Skanska is a perfect partner for this trial as they have their own quarries which are fitted with the infrastructure required to handle the operation of this new technology. I am looking forward to following this exciting project during the coming months."


The SmartROC T35 E rig is equipped with both a battery and an electric cable, which improves flexibility considerably. You can choose to drill with the most suitable alternative for the location and occasion. It also allows for quick and smooth transportation in and between sites.

The surface drill rig is fitted with the same type of well-proven batteries and subcomponents as in the Epiroc underground battery solutions. This streamlines spare parts handling and service for customers with several different operations. 



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