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Oyu Tolgoi goes underground, autonomous

Rio Tinto leverages advantages offered by Sandvik AutoMine Metal Tech News – May 25, 2022


Last updated 7/1/2022 at 12:06pm

A photo of a Sandvik underground haul truck deep inside a tunnel.

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A Sandvik underground haul truck in the roughly 55 miles of tunnels that have been dug in preparation for block cave mining at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia.

Rio Tinto is leveraging the safety and productivity advantages of Sandvik's autonomous mining equipment as it heads underground at the enormous Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the South Gobi Desert region of Mongolia.

Oyu Tolgoi, which began operations as an open pit mine in 2013, produced 359.4 million pounds of copper, 468,000 ounces of gold, and 977,000 oz of silver last year.

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