Sheffield engineers complete £10m Canadian project

Sheffield engineers have completed a six-month contract to install three colossal hoists at a Canadian mine where temperatures can fall below -30°C.

The company designed, manufactured and delivered three complete mine hoists to Canadian company HudBay Minerals, which is developing an underground copper, gold and zinc mine in rural Manitoba.

DavyMarkham won the £8 million contract to supply the hoists, one of which can lift loads up to 16 tonnes from more than 1,000 metres underground.

The mechanical equipment for the three hoists was fabricated, machined and assembled at DavyMarkham’s workshop in Sheffield, before being packed and secured for shipping.

It was then delivered in 24 containers, weighing a combined 470 tonnes, to the Lalor Mine Project site, approximately 130 miles east of the nearest city, Flin Flon.

The company also secured a £2m contract for the installation and commissioning of all the equipment on site.

Steve Henson, Davy Markham’s, Lalor project manager, said: “This was challenging work of a kind which few other companies would have been able to deliver. The hoists travelled by sea to Montreal, some 1,400 miles away from their final destination, before being carried by train to Winnipeg and then trucked to the mine in the small town of Snow Lake.

“Members of the DavyMarkham team then went on site to ensure the successful installation of the hoists was competed.

“This was a truly international project involving suppliers in Europe and South America and electrical sub-contractors ABB Canada, and it further demonstrates DavyMarkham’s growing reputation within the global mining market.”