People working at a mine in B.C.'s southern Interior will be the first to pilot a new high-powered electric trolley system for large mine-haul trucks, reducing pollution, increasing the use of clean energy for mining, and creating cleaner economic opportunities for people. The Copper Mountain Mine is located just south of Princeton.
"Clean industry is the way of the future, and our government is supporting opportunities for people working in B.C.'s resource sector to reduce emissions and encourage low-carbon investment," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. "Through CleanBC, we're partnering with industry to develop innovative projects like this to help shift mining in B.C. to a cleaner, more future-friendly direction."
The Province is contributing $2 million toward the installation of an electric trolley system for mine-haul trucks at Copper Mountain Mining Corporation's copper, gold, and silver mine near Princeton through the CleanBC Industry Fund. The partnership will support upgrades to four of the company's trucks to be compatible with an overhead trolley system that is planned to be installed on a new laneway on a steep section of the mine-haul road. This is expected to reduce local air pollutants and 55,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) - roughly equal to taking 20,000 cars off the roads for a year.
The Copper Mountain pilot project will help prove the effectiveness of the trolley technology in British Columbia for wider application. It will replace diesel used by the haul trucks to transport mine material to a surface processing facility with clean electricity.
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