SASKATCHEWAN – Toronto-based DMC Mining Services, a subsidiary of Quadra FNX Mining of Vancouver, has won the contract to sink two new mine shafts at BHP Billiton‘s Jansen potash project near Lanigan. The contract is worth approximately US $400 million over five years.
The Jansen project is expected to begin production in 2015, producing 8 million tonnes of saleable potash annually at full capacity. Sinking the shafts to depths of 1,000 metres will require freezing the ground to control water inflow. Long room and pillar mining is anticipated. Preliminary plant design includes wet milling, flotation and dry compaction. Life of the project exceeds 50 years. (For details go to www.BHPBilliton.com and enter the search term “Jansen”.)
DMC has completed numerous mine shaft sinking projects including a 1,000-metre ventilation shaft the Garson mine near Sudbury, ON, a ventilation-man-materials shaft at Rock Springs, WY, and a man-materials-production shaft to a depth of 810 metres at the Podolsky mine development, also near Sudbury. During 2009, shaft work was completed for several salt and potash operations in Canada and the United States, including shaft repairs and grouting.
Additional information is available at www.QuadraFNX.com/s/DMCMining.asp.