WALKING THE TALK
Since graphite plays an important role in transport electrification thanks to lithium-ion batteries, it went without saying that Nouveau Monde would go forward with an All Electric concept for its mining operations.
Indeed, the company will make history by becoming the World’s First All Electric Open Pit Mine. With its vision of carbon neutral mining, Nouveau Monde continues to demonstrate the importance it places on the environment and on its ecological footprint.
We invite you to watch the following video as an introduction to the initiative:
Doing things right
The feasibility study conducted by Nouveau Monde Graphite aims at the implementation of the All Electric mining concepts. The results, published on October the 25th 2018, confirm the economic viability of the project and determine how the Saint-Michel-des-Saints graphite deposit will be exploited as part of a carbon neutral project.
An international team of experts
Before launching this feasibility study for an all-electric project, in autumn 2017, NMG gathered an international team of experts from world-renowned companies for their know-how: ABB Inc., Doppelmayr Canada Ltd, Met-Chem / DRA, Medatech Engineering Services Ltd. and SNC-Lavalin inc.
« The close and intensive collaboration between the members of the international team of experts allowed us to revise the initial project presented in the pre-feasibility study (read Press Release of October 25, 2017), by incorporating recognized electrification technology solutions that will ultimately enable NMG to benefit from a cost-effective, fully electric mining plan and operation,” says Karl Trudeau, Chief Operating Officer at NMG.
As a result of this work, this group of experts and NMG’s in-house team have concluded that a fully electric project provides the almost identical maintenance of the overall economic level of the project while significantly improving its environmental aspect and its positive social impact.
« The feasibility phase, which we have recently completed, is the logical continuation of NMG’s development plan. Moving forward with the all-electric concept, we intend to demonstrate that NMG can grow by leveraging energy-efficient solutions already proven with international suppliers, while meeting deadlines and budgets. Electricity is a clean and abundant energy, easily within reach of our Matawinie property deposit, which allows us to consider such a carbon-neutral project that meets our profitability objectives. »
– Eric Desaulniers, président et chef de la direction de Nouveau Monde Graphite
ALL ELECTRIC MACHINERY
AN INVESTMENT WITH FUTURE
All equipment normally running on natural gas or diesel will be powered by batteries or electricity, including dryers, shovels, bulldozers and everything else! Thanks to the team’s expertise, each piece of equipment will be designed so that on-battery or without recharge operation time is maximized for serviceability and efficiency. Some equipment will also be powered by an electrical cable from a mobile station deployed on the field. The environmental benefits will be many following the implementation of this concept, but the financial aspect will also benefit. Basically, the initial costs of the project are much higher than those of a traditional mine, but Nouveau Monde Graphite will be advantaged later, when the operation costs of the plant will be reduced thanks to electricity.
Innovation is born through collaboration