In January 2019, Round Mountain was faced with the time-sensitive challenge of relocating the primary crusher to meet the design needs for the Phase W expansion project.
This task required the Projects team to work with multiple departments including Mine Ops, Fixed Maintenance, Mill, and Electrical teams, and numerous contractors to safely and efficiently complete the relocation, which involved moving the haul road past the top of the crusher’s current location. There were more than 5000 man hours worked on the project between RMGC and the contractors with no incidents or injuries.
Fixed Maintenance initiated the project by demolishing the C4 and C30 conveyor system while the Mill Utility crew cleaned the crushing system of any dirt or debris. The Mine Ops department then began removing parts of the dump pocket to create a crawler path to move the C3 conveyor, primary crusher and apron feeder.
By early April, the crawler path, electrical and structural demolitions and new location for the crushing system had been completed. The C3 conveyor and primary crusher could now be moved to a hold point until the apron feeder could be moved to the new crusher location.
On April 23, 2019, the teams moved the primary crusher to its new home, completing the project on schedule, under budget and with no incidents or injuries!
“We are extremely grateful for many Round Mountain employees who applied their skills, expertise and experience every day to complete this task safely and efficiently,” said Pam Franks, Projects General Foreman, Round Mountain. “The successful completion of this project would not have been possible without each and every one of you!”
The Round Mountain team stands proudly in front of the completed crusher after relocation!