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Top 5 Vale News stories from the second half (H2) of 2021

January 19, 2022

Last week we shared the top five stories from H1’21. In this edition we’re unveiling the most read and loved stories from H221. Here they are for your (re)reading pleasure: 

Traditional ceremony and feast. Vale employees stand with Gimaa (Chief) Allan Ozawanimke and other representatives from Z’gamok Construction LP, which is wholly owned by Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. Z’gamok Construction was awarded the first phase of the Nairn Falls Generating Station project. “It was a great learning experience for the project team and an honour to be invited to participate,” said Danica Pagnutti, specialist, Corporate and Indigenous Affairs. Photo: Vale Archive

#1 It’s happening at Garson: ‘The largest mechanical excavation trial of its kind’ – If this feels like déjà vu, you’re (kinda) right. In last week’s Top 5 from H1’21, the first-place story, Hard rock mining gets a modern spin, was the predecessor to this one. In this follow-up story, we again hear from Andy Charsley, principal mining engineer, who discusses the trial of Komatsu’s mechanical rock excavator (MRE) and its ground-breaking technology. With a whopping 346 Facebook shares, this was the most popular story from H2’21 – and the second in the entire year! 

Andy Charsley stands with Tinus van Dyk and MJ Taljaard from Komatsu. Photo: Vale Archive

#2 The new and improved Wabagishik Generating Station Spillway Andy Brouillard, lead, Projects & Shutdown, Power & Transportation, and Richard Mullaly, superintendent, Maintenance Execution, walked us through this four-year project that saw the building of a new, remotely operated spillway located 45 km east of Sudbury, ON. 

Nearing completion. The new spillway is in place.

#3 Picture it: Copper Cliff Mine Project Phase 1 (CCM P1) in photos – Readers loved flipping through the photo slider that chronicles CCM P1, which began in 2017. Click the arrow key on the slider and you’ll see images of the new conveyor and fine ore bin, fully refurbished garage on levels 3930 and 4980 and much more.  

The Shaft. The shaft crew assembles the new shaft steel for a typical shaft set. The project is performing a complete rehabilitation of the South shaft from Surface to shaft bottom at 4150 level, replacing 273 shaft sets.

#4 The word ‘competitor’ takes on a whole new spin in this three-way collaboration – The surest path to victory is unity, or in this case, a greener and cleaner future. It is for this reason that Vale entered into a three-way collaboration with construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat) and a competing industry partner. Vale and the competing industry partner trialed Cat’s electric prime movers, the RX1700 XE LHDs. Alex Mulloy, Technology & Innovation, is featured along with Luke Mahony, head, Technology & Innovation, Base Metals, and Nick Gardner, manager, Mine Engineering and Technology, Base Metals. 

The first Caterpillar R1700 XE was delivered to Vale’s Copper Cliff Mine North in Sudbury on September 30. Pictured on right is Heinz Schoppmann, Vale electrician, and Cory, a Toromont technician. Photo: Vale Archive

#5 Project kicks off with traditional Indigenous ceremony and feast –  We began the Top 5 for H2’21 with a spillway replacement story (above) and we bookend it with one about the Nairn Falls Generating Station replacement project. Located in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation’s traditional territory, the project team awarded the first phase, which involved creating a laydown area, new access road and other preparatory work, to Sagamok, which owns Z’gamok Construction LP.  

Nairn Falls Generating Station. Photo: Vale Archive

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