Pretivm has made a significant investment to connect the Brucejack Mine with the provincial electricity grid, providing clean and renewable energy for many aspects of the Mine. However, underground mobile equipment remains reliant on diesel fuel. We recognize that the electrification of our underground fleet could provide both environmental and financial benefits, including a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and an improved working environment for underground workers.
In 2019, Pretivm completed studies at the prefeasibility level to determine the technical and economic feasibility of converting some of the underground mobile equipment to battery electric vehicles. Based on positive results of the study, we plan to begin operating one battery electric haul truck on a trial basis. The haul truck has a 50-tonne capacity and will displace 1,580 tonnes of scope 1 GHG emissions on an annual basis, compared to an equivalent conventional diesel vehicle. A successful trial program will promote the case for further investment in this technology over the next several years.
With the Brucejack Mine’s existing connection to the provincial grid, we believe that Pretivm is well positioned to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and further contribute to Pretivm being a low-carbon gold producer.