Critical components from a Sheffield engineering company have arrived at a Canadian gold mine this week as part of a £10m contract.
Engineering specialist DavyMarkham, which designs and supplies large hoisting systems, won the lucrative contract to supply base metals mining company, Hudbay Minerals Inc, with three hoists for Lalor Mine Project.
This is the second major Canadian project DavyMarkham has secured this year. In July, the company won a £10m contract to supply drum hoists to gold producer Goldcorp Eléonore Project, in Québec.
Production began on the hoists in March at DavyMarkham’s Darnall base and this week, after a four-week journey, arrived in Manitoba, Canada, a region which is a significant producer of gold.
Steve Henson, DavyMarkham’s Lalor project manager, said: “The contract for Hudbay Minerals was to supply three hoists for use in their copper, gold and zinc mine, Lalor Mine Project. Four weeks ago the three hoists, which consist of a 16 feet double drum production hoist and clutch, a 14 feet double drum service hoist and clutch and an eight feet auxiliary hoist, left Sheffield by sea to Montreal.”
The hoists then travelled by train to Winnipeg, and then by truck to the mine which is in the small town of Snow Lake.
DavyMarkham was also awarded a £2m installation contract as part of the £10m deal.
Gordon Scott, sales and marketing director at DavyMarkham, said: “This has helped us to build upon our growing reputation within the mining market and we have now been awarded the contract to continue working with Hudbay Minerals to help with both mechanical and electrical installation and commissioning of the hoists.
In a few weeks, a team of five engineers will travel to Canada to assist with the hoist installations until February next year.
Canada is the world’s largest exporter of minerals and metals and one of the largest producers of gold.