DEEP SHAFT HOISTING AT LARONDE
AGNICO-EAGLE started sinking the Penna Shaft, in 1995, with a hoisting plant capable of hoisting 1,800 tonnes per day from a 2,240 metre deep shaft. Exploration success lead to the installation of a hoisting plant capable of extracting 4,500 tonnes of ore and 1,800 tonnes of waste per day from a depth of 2,210 metres. The introduction of a new rope selection factor, permitting a safety factor of 4.0, represented the breakthrough required for a cost-effective project. This paper describes the process taken to introduce the new rope selection factor and its impact on the original plant.
Hoisting, ROPE SAFETY FACTORS, DEEP SHAFTS