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MineARC Chamber Servicing - Why the Big Fuss?

The EnviroLAV: MineARC's Low Maintenance, Portable Toilet

MineARC and Freeport McMoran Grasberg Minerals District Operations

Permanent Chamber

Over the past financial year, MineARC and Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) have been working together on FCX’s West Papuan asset expansion plans in the minerals district of Grasberg. Freeport-McMoRan, a leading international natural resources company with headquarters in Arizona, operates one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits in their Grasberg operation.

MineARC Systems Exhibit at Electra Mining Africa 2014

Guidelines

MineARC Systems will once again be exhibiting at this year’s Electra Mining Expo, Stand OSP4.

On display will be MineARC’s flagship HRM Series IV Refuge Chamber plus the Extra Low Voltage Portable (HRM-ELVP) Refuge Chamber, designed for remote areas of the mine.

MineARC Push for Stricter Guidelines in South Africa

Guidelines

Guidelines for refuge chambers are present in South Africa. However, they are vague and lack vital standards for adequate life support systems.

EXPOMIN 2014

MineARC Systems would like to thank those that visited us at our stand at EXPOMIN 2014.

This year at EXPOMIN we were excited to display a permanent refuge bay and solutions for underground safety zones, excavations and break/rest areas. We received great feedback from interested parties.

There is a growing industry trend towards large scale permanent refuge chambers. Their acceptance has been born out of multiple successful real life uses during underground emergencies such as fires and collapses.

Why Service Your Refuge Chamber?

One of an underground miner’s worst fears is an incident where they could potentially end up trapped. During several real life emergencies, where MineARC Refuge Chambers were used, it was comforting to know that in all cases the refuge chambers had been properly maintained. Regular and correct maintenance provides both miners and management alike, assurance that the refuge chamber is 100% capable of protecting life until help arrives.

MSHA: Shooting itself and U.S mines in the foot due to out-dated legislation. The out-dated MSHA legislation that effectively prohibits refuge chambers in metal / non-metal mines, risking the lives of US miners.

MSHA’s mission statement is to ‘Promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation's miners.’ Instead the current legislation pertaining to refuge chambers, written back in 1977, effectively prohibits metal / non-metal mines from installing them.

MSHA 30 CFR insists refuge areas be connected to both water and compressed air lines - something a lot of underground mines in the United States operate without. MSHA metal / non-metal inspectors are therefore citing mining operations for the exclusion of these lines should a refuge chamber be installed.

PERMANENT REFUGE BAYS – MAKING SURE THEY’RE SAFE

Permanent refuge bays can offer significant advantages over portable style chambers, depending on underground conditions and working practices. They’re a common safety feature in many Australasian underground mines; however careful planning and consideration is needed to ensure they offer the level of safety required in an emergency.

As a global refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems has designed and installed permanent refuge chambers for leading mining companies in Australasia, and around the world.

Saving Lives and Saving $$$: MineARC’s New Gas and Air Detection Systems

Leading refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems, has developed two new gas detection systems that will increase both the safety and cost-effectiveness of their underground refuge chambers;

The first of which is a Carbon Monoxide Safety-Off-System (COSOS for short). The second is a Compressed Air Management Systems (CAMS); designed to significantly reduce mine air use, and therefore save on power costs.

COSOS:

MineARC Attends Mining Vietnam 2014

From 11-13 March MineARC Systems attended the ‘Mining Vietnam Exhibition’ in Hanoi.

Vietnam has a booming mining industry and its mineral endowment includes coal, bauxite, rare earths, tungsten, titanium, phosphate and iron ore.

Mine safety poses a challenge in Vietnam. In Australia for example, the annual coal output is five times that of Vietnam, with no fatal accidents reported in 2012. In the same year 28 miners unfortunately died in Vietnam.

MineARC’s Coal Mine Change-Over-Station (COS)

The MineARC Change-Over-Station (COS) is designed to aid underground personnel as they exit the mine during an emergency; providing a safe and secure ‘staging-post’ stocked with breathing apparatus, such as self-contained-self-rescuers (SCSR’s).

MineARC’s NEW Cap Lamp Range - Hyperion

MineARC Systems have introduced a new premium range of mining cap lamps.

Detailed with a distinctive green rim, the new Hyperion Range features both cordless and traditional corded cap lamps of the highest quality, durability and performance. Compact, lightweight, yet powerful and super-efficient, each lamp within the Hyperion range is designed to perform better and last longer.

MineARC Systems America delivers custom-built refuge chamber to tunneling project in Canada

Vancouver, Canada: MineARC Systems America recently delivered a refuge chamber to Caterpillar Tunneling, for the Evergreen Line tunnel project near Vancouver – an extension of Vancouver’s SkyTrain system being built for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink).

MineARC wins NCE / ITA ‘Safety Initiative of the Year’ Award

In November 2013, MineARC Systems was delighted to pick up the award for ‘Safety Initiative of the Year’ at the NCE/ITA’s gala dinner in Mayfair, London. The annual awards are organised by the New Civil Engineer and Ground Engineering magazines in conjunction with the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES). The awards celebrate the most innovative and successful projects, companies and individuals from across the global tunnelling industry.

Herrenknecht Contract MineARC for Doha Metro TBMs

TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht was recently awarded the third of four sections that will make up phase 1 of the Doha metro project in Qatar.

The German manufacturer will supply all 15 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the three sections awarded thus far. Of these 15 TBMs, 11 will be fitted with custom-engineered MineARC Emergency Refuge Chambers; providing an immediate safe-haven for workers requiring shelter in the event of a fire, a fall of ground, or similar emergency.

MineARC’s Newly Appointed European Business Development Manager

Thomas Horton is MineARC’s newly appointed Business Development Manager for Europe and the Middle East. He will be based out of our new London office.

MineARC Supplies Anglo American Greenside Colliery with COALSAFE refuge chamber

A MineARC CoalSAFE refuge chamber was delivered to Anglo American Greenside Colliery in early January.

Greenside colliery is situated 15km south-west of Witbank in Mpumalanga and forms part of the South African Coal Estates Complex (SACE), which includes Landau and Kleinkopje collieries.

The mine was established to supply coal to overseas markets through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, as well as a small quantity of coal for domestic use.

Permanent Refuge Bays – Making Sure They're Safe

Permanent refuge bays can offer significant advantages over portable style chambers, depending on underground conditions and working practices. They’re a common safety feature in many African underground mines; however careful planning and consideration is needed to ensure they offer the level of safety required in an emergency.

As a global refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems has designed and installed permanent refuge chambers for leading mining companies in Australia, Asia, Africa, the United States and Canada.

Permanent or Portable? The Case for Permanent Refuge Chambers

Permanent refuge chambers can often offer significant advantages over portable style chambers - depending on a range of underground conditions and working practices. Little wonder they’re becoming more commonplace throughout mines in North America.

As the world’s refuge chamber specialist – both permanent and portable - MineARC has designed and installed permanent refuge chamber solutions for leading mining companies across the United States and Canada, and the rest of the world. Companies include Barrick, Newmont, Kennecott and Newcrest, to mention a few.

MineARC; A proud sponsor of Underground Mine Rescue Competitions

Underground mine rescue competitions are a common annual event held globally around the world by many organizations. The importance of these competitions is significant in that they provide rescue personnel with the opportunity to play out real life critical rescue missions. The aim of these missions is to test the skills and knowledge of each rescue team and to improve their ability to effectively and efficiently carry out a safety rescue assignment.

MineARC introduce the latest and most advanced toilet system for the mining industry; The EnviroLAV

Designed to be simple to operate and maintain, the EnviroLAV is a semipermanent structure that can be used both above and below ground wherever there is access to compressed air and potable water.