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Cementation lands salt mine rehabilitation contract.

North Bay mine builders Cementation Canada received a Letter of Intent from Compass Minerals to carry out the shaft rehabilitation and upgrades of two mineshafts that Compass operates at its Goderich mine.

The letter will allow engineering to commence while a contract is finalized.

Onsite construction and surface setup scheduled for later this year. "The relining of the shaft walls will extend the life of the mine and reduce safety and operational risks," said Jack Leunig, Compass Minerals senior vice-president of operations in an Aug. 14 statement. "The project will also enable us to fully achieve the 9 million tons of annual hoisting capacity we have at the mine."

When the tenders were submitted for the shaft upgrade project, Cementation proposed some alternate approaches to the design and installation of the new liners which reduced risk to the mine operations and were of interest to Compass Minerals.

"Cementation presented a very good proposal and organization to Compass Minerals." said Michael Marksberry, Compass Minerals' director of engineering and project lead. "We feel they bring the expertise, resources, and experience necessary to ensure success on a challenging project, such as ours in Goderich. The history and familiarity they have with the mine is certainly an added benefit.

The current Cementation Canada group was formed in 1998, but a former Cementation group sunk the original shafts: the number 1 shaft completed in 1959, and the number 2 shaft in 1968. More recently the group has carried out smaller projects for the mine and is familiar with the site and the operations.

"We are very pleased to be working with Compass Minerals and the God-erich mine team on this significant and technically challenging project," said Cementation president Roy Slack. "The Cementation group has a long history of work at the salt mine and we recognize the importance of this project to Compass Minerals and the operations."

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Title Annotation:MINING
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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