Inauguration of the world's most automated mine

ABB’s integrated power & automation solutions have helped to develop one of the most cost-effective and modern mines in the world. Boliden's expansion of their mine in Garpenberg was inaugurated on August 26, 2014.

The entire mine is operated from a control center equipped with System 800xA. The system controls almost all plant equipment and systems to automate the production and the administration. The Garpenberg mine is the first mine that also integrates mine hoists, mine ventilation and monitoring of vehicles in the underground mine. An integrated maintenance system allows for remote solutions for the control of the entire mine.

The Garpenberg project is a good example of successful business-driven collaboration in which all five divisions in Sweden, as well as teams from Switzerland, Germany and Finland have contributed with products, systems, services as well as dedicated and skilled employees.

“It’s not a coincidence that ABB became one of the main suppliers”, says Lars Brännström, Strategic Account Manager for Boliden. “Together with the customer, we discussed and developed the best solutions for the mine.” Lars emphasizes how important it is to work closely with the customer to understand their needs, to listen carefully and to be flexible and make necessary changes during the project. Lars also stresses the importance of management involvement.

Johan Söderström, Mikael Lagin, responsible for the mine hoists, Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Håkan Nytorp and Jenny Gotthardsson, Concentrator Manager in front of the mine hoist.

On September 11 to 12, Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of the PA division, Johan Söderstrom, Country Manager in Sweden and Håkan Nytorp, Division Manager for PA in Sweden, visited the mine to meet Boliden’s CEO and Garpenbergs management.

Veli-Matti Reinikkala together with Roger Blomqvist, Electrical Manager and Jenny Gotthardsson, Concentrator Manager in the control room for the concentrator

“Mining represents a high-growth opportunity for ABB. And I am very impressed how our teams have performed in this project and how our integrated solutions have helped to implement the mine of the future at Garpenberg”, said Veli-Matti Reinikkala. "With a flexible and responsive project team ABB has delivered a complex project to a very satisfied customer that now operates one of the most competitive mines in the world."

Lennart Evrell CEO, Boliden, shows how he can follow the production at the mine and review KPIs in real-time on his iPad.

Main ABB deliveries:
Production mine hoist; man hoist revamp from old production hoist; complete and integrated power & automation control system (System 800xA) across the value chain from mine to mill (IT/OT integration; advanced process control; remote monitoring capabilities; high-, medium- and low-voltage electrification, motors and drives). Also included is a service agreement based on preventive and condition-based maintenance. Energy-efficient solutions are the ventilation on demand solution, the smart switchgear as well as the mining-specific drive motor packages.

Facts about Boliden Garpenberg:
Boliden has invested SEK 3.9 Billion (580 Million USD) to almost double the annual production by the end 2015 and was one of the biggest construction sites in Sweden with over 700 people working on the project. Dating back to the 1200s, Garpenberg Mine is Sweden's oldest mine which is still in operation. Today, Garpenberg mine produces complex ores containing zinc, lead, silver, copper, and gold.

The project started in 2011 and this expansion will Increase production from 1.4 million tons of ore per year to 2.5 million tons up by 2015.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

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    Johan Söderström Country Manager Sweden, Jenny Gotthardsson, Concentrator Manager, Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of PA division, Håkan Nytorp, PA Division Danager in Sweden, and Gunnar Nyström, Mine Manager

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