The Voisey’s Bay workforce has been engaged on the simultaneous growth of two underground mines – Reid Brook and Jap Deeps – whereas it continues to mine the Ovoid deposit with open pit strategies. The expanded operation will lengthen mining till at the least 2035. The Reid Brook mine delivered its first ore to the Lengthy Harbour processing plant in June 2021. Manufacturing from Jap Deeps is predicted in 2022.
The Miner of the 12 months award additionally acknowledges that the Voisey’s Bay mine growth (VBME) workforce have had zero misplaced time accidents on the undertaking because it began in 2015. The workforce has labored over 8.5 million hours on the undertaking with out a misplaced time damage, which is an business benchmark for underground mine growth.
“The protection achievement reached by our VBME undertaking workforce so far, and our operations workforce being awarded the John T. Ryan Award for Security for seven consecutive years, exhibits the dedication to security by all personnel working there,” mentioned Vale government VP of base metals Mark Travers. “We’re extraordinarily proud to have our workforce acknowledged by the NL department of the CIM and being named Miner of the 12 months.”
The award additionally thought-about Vale’s well being and security contributions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The Voisey’s Bay web site was placed on care and upkeep for 4 months starting in March 2020. The corporate put each manufacturing and its growth undertaking on maintain to guard the native workforce and close by Indigenous communities.
“The success in delivering first ore from Reid Brook and the simultaneous development of two underground mines, in addition to the dealing with of the pandemic is a testomony to the distinctive relationships between the native communities, workers, operations, and our dedication to security,” mentioned Travers.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)