Leading underground mining contracting company, Murray & Roberts Cementation has achieved what it says is a remarkable milestone at the end of July 2023, successfully reaching the 1,000 metre mark on its contract to sink the 1,200 metre ventilation shaft at Palabora Mining Company’s Lift II expansion, in South Africa.
This significant feat stands as a testament to the company’s exceptional capabilities and dedication to safety, it says.
The Palabora Mining Company Lift II expansion project is a crucial endeavour for PMC, aimed at enhancing the efficiency and capacity of its operations. The 8.5-m-diameter ventilation shaft will serve the Lift II block cave and plays a pivotal role in the overall mining infrastructure.
Reaching a depth of 1,000 metres in the ventilation shaft is a major accomplishment, highlighting the expertise and commitment of Murray & Roberts Cementation in tackling complex mining projects, it says.
Fred Durand, Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Senior Project Manager, says one of the most remarkable aspects of this project is the unwavering focus on safety.
“Despite the immense challenges involved in underground mining and especially blind sinking, we have maintained an impeccable safety record throughout the Lift II expansion project,” he says. “The team’s relentless dedication to safety protocols and best practices resulted in an impressive milestone earlier this year of 574 consecutive days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).”
He says that the achievement of this safety milestone showcases the company’s commitment to ensuring the wellbeing and safety of its workforce.
Durand concluded: “As the ventilation shaft project enters its final stages, the excitement and anticipation among all stakeholders, including PMC and Murray & Roberts Cementation, are palpable. The successful completion of this project will not only mark a significant engineering feat but will also have a profound impact on PMC’s mining capabilities.”
Murray & Roberts Cementation has aligned with the owner’s team to display technical excellence, professional management and passionate safety leadership from the day site establishment commenced in October 2019, according to Aidan Schoonbee, Senior Manager for PMC’s Lift II Construction, Concentrator and Vent Shaft.