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<p>Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deliver AutoMine Fleet solutions for underground trucks to Codelco’s El Teniente mine.</p>
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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deliver AutoMine Fleet solutions for underground trucks to Codelco’s El Teniente mine.

Automating El Teniente

Continuing Chilean state-owned miner Codelco’s vision of creating the most advanced underground mines in the world, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deliver AutoMine Fleet solutions for underground trucks to the company’s El Teniente mine.

This AutoMine Fleet system is the first step in implementing a fully automated mining solution using Sandvik trucks at El Teniente, the biggest underground copper mine in the world. Codelco’s goal is to dramatically improve the productivity, safety and efficiency of its operations with AutoMine. Together with the existing OptiMine system, the mine will become a world-class benchmark.

“As a state-owned mining company, it is our responsibility to implement technology and solutions that ensure the safety of our people and the sustainability of our mines,” says Rafael Guzman, chief engineer for automation and technology at El Teniente. “Being a good corporate citizen is not negotiable. It is critical to our success.”