Update March 20th, 2023
March 20th, 2023
Planned activities for the week of March 20th include ongoing earthworks within the Tailings Management Facility (TMF), steel erection, interior concrete, piping, electrical and equipment installation for various buildings within the Plant Site area and drilling, blasting and hauling of rock from the open pit for construction of roads and TMF.
What's coming next:
Greenstone Mine wishes to advise the public that open pit activities are underway. Greenstone Mine will be conducting scheduled blasts within the Open Pit. Blasting for the construction of water collections ponds will also take place in the vicinity of the Plant Site area for the next few months typically at 6:30 p.m. A link to Blasting Notices is located on the company website homepage.
A portion of the Barton Bay Trail has reopened for the winter months, however work around the highway realignment work has resumed. We will try to keep the trail open until winter is over, however trail users must obey the ‘No Trespassing’ signs that have been installed for everyone’s safety. We expect the trail will be closed the next week or two because of winter conditions.
At the Process Plant east end, interior work including installation of the ball mills is in progress with electrical and piping work continuing. At the west end, internal steel and concrete are ongoing also with electrical and piping. At the Crusher, equipment installation continues with minor cladding remaining and piping installation started. Interior steel and foundation work continue at the High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR). At the Power Plant, ongoing work includes construction of the control room, engine exhaust ducting, the installation for cooling radiator system, and pulling of electrical cable. At the Truck Shop, architectural work on the offices along with work on piping, electrical, lube system and communications systems continues. Commissioning of the Pit Fuel Station and the Sewage Treatment Plant nears completion. Conveyor preassembly and installation including electrical cable tray installation are ongoing with transfer tower structure erection continuing. Demolition of the old MTO Patrol Yard is well advanced. Work on the highway has restarted with culvert installation at the east end.
At the TMF, earthworks on the dam walls with rock from operations is ongoing.
Mine mobile equipment components continue to arrive. Assembly of mine haul truck seven nears completion and haul truck 8 assembly continues. Assembly of the fourth dozer D375A is complete. Work is ongoing on the expansion of Pond B1 and will start shortly on Pond B2.
The public are reminded to continue to obey all posted signs across the project area for everyone’s health and safety. Snowmobilers are warned to stay well outside of the project footprint for their own safety as many hazards may be covered by snow.
Construction in and around Greenstone Mine involves the use of heavy equipment such as haul trucks, zoom booms, cranes, drills, excavators, skidders, bulldozers, tri-axle haul trucks, articulated trucks and loaders. The extensive project work over the last year has significantly changed the landscape resulting in many new hazards. For health and safety reasons, do not enter any unauthorized or active work areas within the Project footprint unless authorized to do so.
The safety of our employees, contractors and the general public is paramount as we construct the Greenstone Mine.