05 Dec Diamond Mine NWT
In 2005 Belterra supplied 17,500 ft. of conveyor belt to Canada’s diamond mining industry. Located 200 kilometers south of the Arctic circle, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, posed major logistical problems. Coordinating the manufacture of this product at such a quantity and to coincide the shipping where a three month window is all that’s available on the Arctic’s ice road in severe winter conditions, proved to be a challenge. Canada’s first diamond mine needed to change from surface to underground mining, thus posing some logistical and engineering challenges. Due to pulley restrictions, steel cord belt was not an option. The choice was to go to a high tension 1350 / 3 ply specially designed carcass with special fire retardant covers. Due to size restrictions underground, the roll height was limited. This installation required 53 vulcanized splices, one 8 ft. splice was to be completed every 24 hours. Belterra completed this project on time and on budget, without any splicing or tracking issues. We also received a letter of commendation from the customer’s safety committee.