ABB collaborates to set new world standard for deep underground mining

The mine of the future is carbon-dioxide-free, digitalized and autonomous. To set a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depth, LKAB, ABB, Epiroc, Combitech and AB Volvo have joined forces in a partnership and are starting a unique testbed in the orefields of northern Sweden.

Daetwil, Switzerland, June 27, 2018: ABB is collaborating with LKAB, Epiroc and Combitech to start a journey to build the sustainable mines of the future which are safe, CO2-free, digitalized, and autonomous. The test bed project is called SUM (Sustainable Underground Mining) and will be located in LKAB’s underground mines in Kiruna and Malmberget, Sweden, as well as in a virtual mine. ABB will contribute to this project with solutions for underground electrification and an integrated platform for collaborative operations. The SUM project will lay the foundation for decisions to be made into the mid-2020s for one of Sweden’s largest ever industrial investments. After 2030, LKAB will be ready to break into deeper ironstone in the Kiruna and Malmberget mines.

“Digitalization offers enormous opportunities. Together with our partners, we are creating tomorrow’s efficient and safe mines that will continue to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness”, says Johan Söderström, Managing Director, ABB Sweden.

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