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(Kitco News) - Swedish mining group Boliden (STO: BOL) announced today that the company and Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) have entered into a long-term strategic collaboration regarding the implementation of autonomous transport solutions at Boliden’s mines.

According to the company’s press release, the first project is located at the Garpenberg mine and will be initiated during 2023.

As a part of the implementation agreement, VAS will deliver an autonomous transport solution that will transport rock fill from an on-site quarry to be used to secure long-term storage capacity at Garpenberg’s tailings facility.

The company said autonomous vehicles will cover a distance of up to four kilometers and include five trucks, adding that VAS will develop and deliver a complete autonomous solution that includes vehicles, hardware, software and training.

Boliden also noted that the autonomous transport solution will be built on Volvo’s premium truck range and VAS’ in-house developed virtual driver. VAS will, in addition, provide a wheel loader for the loading operation.

The agreement around autonomous transports at Garpenberg is the first collaboration within a strategic MoU between Boliden and VAS aimed at developing new technology related to electrification of remote controlled loading and autonomous underground transports.

Boliden is a metals company with a focus on sustainable development. The company’s core competence lies within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metal recycling. Boliden has around 6,000 employees and annual sales of approximately SEK 85 billion (~$7.6 billion).

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