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Murray & Roberts Cementation reaches milestone depth at PMC Vent Shaft

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Global Mining Review,

Murray & Roberts Cementation achieved a significant milestone at the end of July 2023, when it successfully reached the 1000 m mark on its contract to sink the 1200 m ventilation shaft at Palabora Mining Co. (PMC)’s Lift II expansion. This significant feat stands as a testament to the company’s exceptional capabilities and dedication to safety.

Murray & Roberts Cementation reaches milestone depth at PMC Vent Shaft

The PMC Lift II expansion project is a crucial endeavour for PMC, aimed at enhancing the efficiency and capacity of their operations. The 8.5 m diameter ventilation shaft will serve the Lift II block cave and plays a pivotal role in the overall mining infrastructure.

Reaching a depth of 1000 m in the ventilation shaft is a major accomplishment, highlighting the expertise and commitment of Murray & Roberts Cementation in tackling complex mining projects.

Fred Durand, Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Senior Project Manager, says one of the most remarkable aspects of this project is the unwavering focus on safety:

“Despite the immense challenges involved in underground mining and especially blind sinking, we have maintained an impeccable safety record throughout the Lift II expansion project. The team’s relentless dedication to safety protocols and best practices resulted in an impressive milestone earlier this year of 574 consecutive days without a lost time injury (LTI).

“As the ventilation shaft project enters its final stages, the excitement and anticipation among all stakeholders, including PMC and Murray & Roberts Cementation, are palpable. The successful completion of this project will not only mark a significant engineering feat but will also have a profound impact on PMC’s mining capabilities.”

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