Vanscoy, Saskatchewan (September 15, 2014) – Saskatchewan was the site of a groundbreaking shipment of three 50-tonne mine skips for a Vanscoy potash mine, a feat that has never been achieved before in Canada. Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. manufactured and transported the skips to Agrium Inc.’s potash mine as part of the latter’s $1.5 billion expansion.
Gigantic in comparison to the 12- and 16-tonne skips that are normally used in Ontario’s nickel and gold mines, the 50-tonne pieces are specifically designed for the Vanscoy mine, which is estimated to produce around three percent of the global potash supply. The expansion is expected to double Agrium’s capacity, which can potentially boost the mine from 10th to 8th place among the world’s largest potash producers. Overall, these developments present a huge step forward for the Canadian mining industry in terms of mine hoisting.
This is Wabi’s first sale to Agrium, which shortlisted four companies for the prospective partnership. Wabi’s manufacturing timeline, cost, and design ultimately won the contract. Each heavy-duty skip is 68 feet tall and is made of welded steel. Once Agrium’s Vanscoy mine has transitioned to using the new skips in its 3,600-foot shaft, the equipment can hoist potash at 4,000 feet per minute.
Apart from the record-setting 50-tonne behemoths, Wabi was also contracted by Agrium to manufacture three 30-tonne skips to familiarize the mine personnel with high-capacity hoisting and increase the facility’s production capacity. The smaller skips will help the mine transition to the larger machinery once these get installed.
One of Wabi’s biggest projects to date, this achievement is expected to give the foundry a significant edge as it continues to compete with other global conglomerates in the industry. For more information about Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., visit the company’s website at www.WabiCorp.com.
About Wabi Iron & Steel Corp.
Founded in 1907, Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is a leading manufacturer of loading and conveyance systems for the mining industry. As well as mine haulage systems, the firm also produces general and abrasion-resistant castings that fulfill industrial and OEM requirements. Wabi’s head office and factory is located in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada.