Worth their salt: Mine rescue volunteers the real winners as Goderich Mine victorious in mine rescue competition.
The Goderich Mine rescue team, part of the Compass Minerals company, took part in the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition on June 10.
The team were crowned overall winners as well as winning the Team First Aid Award, with shaftman Drew Dalgleish placing second in the technician competition.
It was a successful day for Compass Minerals, as six other Ontario mines competed in a competition testing their firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision making under extreme conditions.
“Our team has put in long hours of training to ensure they are prepared for any challenges in the mine,” said Gerry Rogers, vice president of operations at Goderich Mine.
“The competition proves they are in top form, and walking away with the first place trophy is a great source of pride for the mine.”
The Goderich Salt Mine, located 1,800 feet under Lake Huron in Ontario, is the largest underground salt mine in the world.
The success of the Goderich Mine Rescue team means they will compete in the 2016 International Mines Rescue Competition in Sudbury from Aug. 19-26.
It will be the first time the international event has been held in Canada.
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Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
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.