Nickel Industries trials electric vehicles at operations

Trucks operating at a nickel mine.
Trucks operating at a nickel mine.

Nickel Industries (ASX:NIC) is trialling electric vehicles (EVs) within its operating fleet as part of its strategy to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon intensity by 2035.

These vehicles will be deployed across Nickel Industries’ IMIP and Hengjaya operations, with each electric vehicle expected to deliver significant emission savings compared to traditional vehicles.

Nickel Industries managing director Justin Werner commented on the electric vehicles.

“We are very pleased to announce the introduction of EVs to our operations as we strive to become the world’s pre-eminent global nickel company with an unrivalled platform of diversified, low-cost, sustainably produced nickel products, underpinned by global best practice mining standards,” he said.

“With the recent opening of our Hengjaya mine to IMIP haul road facilitating a significant increase in ore volumes being transported, the introduction of EVs to our haulage fleet makes sense and will drive operational efficiencies and materially reduce our emissions profile.

“The adoption of EV’s into our operations perfectly aligns with our long-term sustainability goals as it will help us further reduce our carbon footprint by minimising emissions and contribute to a cleaner and greener future for the environment and communities in which we operate.”

Nickel Industries holds an 80% interest in the Hengjaya nickel project which is a two-line rotary kiln electric furnace plant constructed within the Indonesian Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP).

Production began in January 2019 from the first rotary kiln, with production beginning at the second kiln in March of the same year. In 2023, 18,821t of nickel metal was produced.