May 17, 2020

Miners gear up for Canadian mine rescue competition

Saskatchewan Mining Week 2016
Saskatchewan Mining Associati
Dale Benton
2 min
Over 100 miners will be taking part in the 48th annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition 2016.
Prairieland Park in Saskatoon will be full of miners this week as they takepart in the 48th annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition 201...

Prairieland Park in Saskatoon will be full of miners this week as they take part in the 48th annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition 2016 on June 4.

The competition, run by the Saskatchewan Mining Association, will put the miners through their paces, testing their ability to respond to emergency situations within the industry and act quickly to effectively and safely to resolve the situation.

Miners will be tested in six events, Surface Field Event, Proficiency, First Aid, Fire Fighting, Practical Skills, culminating in a Mock Mine event.

The miners will take part in teams and be against the clock as they face a series of possibilities for each event. The surface field event for example, could test them on:

  • Gas detection
  • Hazardous materials involvement
  • Confined spaces
  • High angle rescue
  • First aid skills
  • Fire extinguishment
  • Victim entrapment
  • Breathing apparatus use

All teams will be judged by an event coordinator appointed by the Emergency Response Sub Committee. The coordinators will prepare the various problems and scenarios for the teams to face and will also select individual judges for each section of the competition to score each team.

Once all teams have been scored through a merit system, the winners will be announced based on their total merits over the whole competition.

Should there be a draw situation, the winners will be the team with the highest merits in the individual field problems in a tie breaker.

The competition will be the culmination of the Saskatchewan Mining Week 2016 programme, a week of talks designed to highlight the mining industry and the benefits to the economy.  

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

battery metals
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Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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