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NEWSLETTER OF THE REDPATH GROUP No. 17 Summer 2009 Crystal Clear is e water - Redpa takes e lead in Ecological drilling Iamgold's Westwood project continues to be a site of firsts for Redpa. The first
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NEWSLETTER OF THE REDPATH GROUP No. 17 Summer 2009 Crystal Clear is e water - Redpa takes e lead in Ecological drilling Iamgold's Westwood project continues to be a site of firsts for Redpa. The first Redbore 100 job - record for longest raise in Nor America - soon to be e largest hole by volume outside Sou Africa... And - crystal clear water is e result of a new filtering system used for recirculating water used in e raiseboring process. No solids are released into e environment! This system is becoming e standard at eco sensitive sites for Redpa's raisebore operations and demonstrates Redpa is Eco Friendly . Clear water from e sump system. Use of e Geotube system provides clean water - wiout releasing contaminants such as dirt or oer particles - allowing for smooer operations and less wear on e raiseboring tools. Product is pumped into e containment unit constructed of high streng, permeable geotextile and water is released rough small pores in e geotextiles. Iamgold's Westwood project in Quebec is e first location Redpa has used e Geotube system for recirculating water - once in 2008 and again in 2009. SAFETY Message from e President... Safety is a state of mind by which men are constantly made aware of e possibility of injury at all times. ~Neil George 1939 Derek Budge Manager, Safety, Heal & Environment As we all know, e mining business is cyclical in nature. George Flumerfelt President & CEO Alough is quote is 70 years old it is as relevant today as it was en. Developing and maintaining at state of mind in ourselves and influencing it in our workers or co-workers is e challenge. See centrefold for e rest of Derek's article and more on Redpa's safety focus - world wide... Safety - First, Last, and Always REDPATH HOLDS TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSIONS IN SASKATCHEWAN Redpa safety personnel - Roberta Himsl and Bruce Fraser - conducted two Train e Trainer sessions in Saskatchewan from March 9 to e 12. The objective for ese sessions was to assist our partners Thyssen Mining and AMC personnel to become effective trainers/presenters. The program was also offered to e Mine Regulators in e province who are referred to as e Mine Safety Unit. The Mine Safety Unit provides training on mine regulations and safety committee activities. They were very interested in taking our course as ey saw an opportunity to improve e delivery of eir training products ey offered to e Saskatchewan Mining Industry. A total of 14 participants took e program wi seven coming from e mine regulatory group. Chief Mine Inspector, Neil Crocker, attended e training and has sent a ank you to Redpa for allowing em to attend e training. He stated at it was a wonderful program and ey got a lot out it. He said he has already put his new skills to use and does not believe anyone in Saskatchewan is offering is type of program. We've enjoyed great times over e last few years when metal prices were sky high and e demand for our services was creating all kinds of strain on our organization as we struggled to cope. Late last year, e market turned and we have had to react in a completely different way. We've worked hard to cut costs, improve processes and efficiencies, find new work, and satisfy our customers. It seems to me at e cyclical nature of e mining contracting business might not be such a bad ing if it forces us to seek ways of becoming more efficient and helps us keep our feet firmly planted on e ground. It appears at we have probably gone rough e worst of is down cycle - alough we'll never know for sure until we have e benefit of hindsight - and we can now start to look forward to better times. Commodity prices have strengened considerably over e last few mons, and we are experiencing an increase in bidding activity and are winning our share of work. This is true in all ree business units - Africa, e Americas, and Australia. On e safety side, we are experiencing very good results in our drive to reduce injuries. The total medical injury frequency for Redpa worldwide is at 1.7, by far e lowest it has ever been, and is proof at consistent, diligent application of our safety system works. We must always remember at our first priority at Redpa is to ensure at all Redpa employees return home safe and healy at e end of every day. By working togeer, we can make is a reality. SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD - PRESENTATION MRC Supervisors Norm Boucher and Gary Gagain wi Ron Dion receive e provincial Safety Innovation award from Glen Morton of e Ontario Mining Contractors Safety Association. Norm and Gary were key in developing a raise rail muck deflector which reduced many hazards associated wi stripping e raise. Roberta Himsl (bottom right) holds training session. PEOPLE We take is opportunity to welcome e following employees to e Redpa family: Darryl Dyson has accepted e position of Manager, HSE for Sou America. Rock Carrier, currently completing his mining engineering degree, has joined e Shaft Projects group. Peter Casement joins Redpa Australia as Business Development Manager working from Per. Tamara Dahl has accepted e position of Human Resources Assistant. Nicole Tremblay has accepted a temporary position as Human Resources Assistant. Michael Wang has joined e Engineering team as Senior Structural Engineer. Matew Ryan has accepted a full-time position in e Purchasing department. People on e move - Randy Grenon (Sudbury) has accepted e role of Project Manager at our Kumtor Project in Kyrgyzstan. Gilles Bouchard (Estimating) has accepted e position of Site Administrator at e Kumtor project in Kyrgyzstan. Chris Hickey (Reno) has accepted a temporary assignment as Project Director for e Pascua Lama Project in Chile. Monique Amyot-Generoux has accepted a position as Human Resources Assistant. Robin Forsye, a Graduate Development Program (GDP) employee, joins e Safety & Training team. Kari MacDonald returns as Administrative Assistant and will provide support to e Operations group. Welcome to Redpa Congratulations! Associated Mining Constructors Inc. (AMC) is a joint venture between J.S. Redpa Limited and Thyssen Mining Construction of Canada. AMC was formed to provide e best in e world service and technical knowledge to sink potash shafts in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Current projects include planning and/or construction jobs for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewn (PCS) and Agrium. PCS SCISSORS CREEK SHAFT PROJECT The Scissors Creek Shaft Project has been progressing well since e last newsletter. Wi e support of our client and all of eir and our subcontractors working on e project, we have recorded no LTIs to date. The Engineering group has continued to be busy wi e designs of e shaft and liner, refrigeration system, headframe, and bo permanent and temporary surface facilities and infrastructure. AMC, along wi TMCC, Redpa, Deilmann-Haniel Shaft Sinking, V.B. Cook, and various oer groups have been contributing to e project engineering and design. The group will be continuing wi detailed designs to carry us rough our surface construction and shaft construction phases. Construction at e Scissors Creek site has been progressing well. The pilot hole and grout testing programs were completed in February, followed by a very successful freeze drilling program at was completed in May. The camp, construction office, cold storage, and dry facility have all been commissioned. The refrigeration and shop buildings, of which are permanent buildings to be turned over to e client following shaft commissioning, will be completed in August. Preparation and excavation for e headframe foundation has been in progress is mon wi less an expected ground water. Preparation of e laydown area and 25kVa electrical service has also been progressing well wi delivery early in August. Roy Durr Chief Operating Officer Considerable work has been performed wi regard to building e project team, standards and policies, engineering and design, and construction. The project team is continuing to be formed - at present AMC has twenty-ree people working on e Project. NEWS FROM... provision of some training supervision for e Yamana Las Mercedes Mine. RENO As mentioned in e start of our Spring report, we knew we were going to be faced wi a challenging year and at it has been to date. However, despite e challenges, 2009 is not looking all at bad. Pinos Altos Our safety performance has not exactly been stellar wi two lost time accidents is year but ere have also been some real accomplishments as well. The Storm Project completed 3 years wiout a lost time accident. In reality, is is actually e combination of ree projects starting back in 2006 wi e Banshee Project followed by West Griffen and now Storm which started in August Recent visitors to Pogo - included a young black bear and is moose calf at's been adopted as camp mascot (moer wasn't far away!) Storm and Dee Portals A second major accomplishment was e Redbore 50 crew passing 7 years wiout a lost time accident, a total of 2,590 days. Congratulations to Dale Lortie and crew. Kasey Murphy and Layne Hatch receive Safety Innovation awards for eir Mobile Equipment Removable Maintenance Platform at e Pogo Site. From left to right: Bob Delbridge (Safety Supervisor), Kasey, Layne and John Mason (Superintendent). To round out is report, we would like to take is opportunity to ank Raul Chaparro for all of his efforts here at Reno over e past 6 years. Good luck back in Chile! As a result of e two LTAs, ere has been a concentrated effort reviewing all aspects of e Redpa Safety Program and e use of e 5 Point Safety Cards. In addition, we have been focusing on ways of removing risk from our various day to day operations. On e operations side, our two key projects, Pogo and Storm, have bo been meeting or exceeding eir production requirements producing quality work. At Storm, we have recently added two bolting rigs and anoer haul truck to e fleet along wi some additional personnel to up e production rate. At Pogo we are replacing some of e equipment fleet which has been working non stop ere since January of Raul Chaparro and his lovely wife, Jeanette, (bottom right) share an evening wi friends and co-workers. SOUTH AMERICA Chris Hickey Pogo Crew Bob Delbridge, Safety; Pablo Gonzalez, Engineering; Sheryl Tichenor, Project Clerk; John Mason, Project Superintendent and Brian Dale, Engineering Jed Hake - Lead Miner, Pogo Our first project in Mexico in many years went off wiout a hitch as Ed Silvas, Joe Macias and crew completed e Agnico Eagle Ventilation Raise Project wiout any incidents, ahead of schedule and under budget. We are now working on e Why e Rio Blanco project shuts down over e winter mons. INDONESIA A renewed and focused effort by all our PTRI employees has gotten our safety performance back on track going two mons wiout a single personal injury from April 21 to 24 June We will continue our diligence wi e objective of performing our work wi no injuries. We certainly appreciated e time spent on site by Andy Fearn and Derek Budge from Nor Bay along wi Francisco Benavides, Manager of Safety and Craig Stegman, General Manager of Norparkes from Rio Tinto to perform an audit of our Safety Systems. At e close-out meeting, e audit team acknowledged our good efforts and provided us wi areas at we can improve on in our safety effort to strive for zero harm to all of our employees. Great to have Bruce Mennie and Mike Kelly on site to have a look and attend e Business Review meeting wi PTFI. A very positive meeting wi a key objective to have a scope of work defined for PTRI for work going forward into 2010 wiin e next few mons. Andy Fearn wi Francisco Benavides and Craig Stegman of Rio Tinto. Left to right. Brian Clarke, Pak Solihin, Pak Sudjatmoko, Pak Armando, John Mosher, Mark Johnson, Kelly Osborne, Pak Joko, Eric Smi, Pak Teguh, Justin Olsen. All PTFI management personnel at Kasuang station. In my experience, one of e toughest stages of e project is getting to final completion after e bulk of e work is complete and is project was no exception. I would like to recognize e people who stayed rough until e job was done, and were instrumental in completing e work. ~ Eric Smi General Superintendent Crushing and Hoisting Big Gossan Mine PT Freeport Indonesia immediate area of e New Hannekam Portal. The High Scalers have rolled out e red carpet for Shawn Mintenko and his Core Tunnel crew to take over e project and establish e portal. We look forward to e stabilization in e price of metals and new challenges for e remainder of 2009 and furer into We are very pleased to announce at e Shaft is finished! Wi e able assistance of Trevor Davis and Darrell Brown from e Nor Bay shop, e Big Gossan Shaft crew have successfully installed e guide and hoist ropes as well as skips in e Big Gossan Shaft. The preliminary commissioning of e hoist is also complete wi no issues. Ore flow from e mine will not be available until e 4 quarter of 2009 and en final commissioning of e whole system can be completed at full speed and full loading. Most of e shaft personnel demobilized at e end of July. Special anks to Quinn and Bill for taking e effort over on site to wrap up some of e in-shaft work after e folks from Nor Bay returned to Canada. Bill put on a nice ceremony at e beginning of August to celebrate e completion of e shaft wi key PTFI management personnel. ... is is a great accomplishment not only for PTFI & PTRI, but also for e country of Indonesia, as is is e first shaft in e country. My congratulations for everyone involved in all phases of e project. ~ Kelly Osborne Vice President - Underground PT Freeport Indonesia Big Gossan Shaft: pictured PTFI Management personnel: Eric Smi, John Mosher, Mark Johnson, Pak Armando The High Scaling boys from Core projects have again secured eir claim to fame when e crew successfully scaled e mountain side installing split sets and screen surrounding e Surveyor setting up to do slope stability monitoring. Moving supplies for high scaling work at KM 4 Meanwhile e Core has added a crew of Alimak miners at are doing a very tricky job of taking out e floor of e ramp leading to e Crusher 1 and 2. This ramp houses all e power for e crushers which, at e time of writing, is required to crush 85,000 tons per day. Special precautions have been implemented to make sure ere is no damage to e electrical feed to e crusher. There is potential for a high loss to process if ere is a power outage resulting from damage to e electrical feed cables. Completion of e Big Gossan shaft represents one of e greatest technical successes in Redpa's history - and we can be proud of is accomplishment. Congratulations and anks to all Freeport and Redpa people involved. ~ Bruce Mennie General Manager - PT Redpa Indonesia The National raise miners at are so diligently excavating e draw bell raises and vent raises seem to be just taken for granted but wiout eir expertise and skill in carving out e raises in difficult areas e DOZ cave would not be where it is today. They are e backbone of e whole operation and we appreciate e safe and efficient work ey perform. National Raise Miners From right to left : Waluyo, Saeful Amril and Feri Latumahina Nationalizing program for e 72 R The 4 most senior men - Hironimus Tukan, Edson Sarakan, Raymondus Renwarin, David Kakisina - are all leaders and supverivsors and are now learning e operation side of raiseboring. The raisebore crew has some very good National drillers in e pipe line and ey have been cutting up a storm here. Pak Guimo is still teaching em who's e BOSS. It is always a joy to visit eir set ups as ey are first class all e way. Guimo takes real pride in his set ups - all you need to do is ask him. It seems like every time a new Scoop is about to come out, Core Tunnel is just starting a new project. This time, ey have finished e NED #3 and NED #4 (New Exhaust Drift) portals and are now moving on to e Hannekam Tunnel Bypass. It will definitely be a challenge. Fortunately for us, we have guys like Rodney Yasinowski, Brian Herault and Donald Theberge to get rough is type of ground. Hannekam Portal Site Along wi Hannekam, e Core tunnel team are starting a new set of twin declines for e Deep Mill Zone in which our National jumbo operators will be leading e way. Wi Denny Rochim, A. Kusnadi Dama, Sugiyono, Andrew Indradjat, Solihin, and Budiman Negara at e controls, e declines should go faster an expected wiout compromising safety and quality. This year we handed over to Freeport e Big Gossan Mine wi all vertical and horizontal development completed at PTFI requested to commence mine production. A key milestone was achieved on May 5, 2009 after breaking rough e ramp from Big Gossan to AB Tunnels. This now means at all of PTFI s underground operations are connected. The completed ramp is over 4.5 km long and took approximately ree years to complete. Special anks to Stuart Greaves, Dennis Negfeldt and Rob Cruz who were at e jumbo controls and drove a perfect breakrough. Thanks also to e help of PTRI survey team under e tutelage of Peter Sedgewick. Ramp Breakrough Left to right: Danny Scott, Kevin Meager, Glenn Rotty (PTFI); Mike Kelly and Peter Sedgewick. Now at e Big Gossan development is complete, Danny s crews have moved out of Big Gossan and are focused on e Grasberg Ventilation Declines (GVDs) and e Upper Grasberg (UGBC) mine development. We have set a goal of joining e UGBC area to e GVDs by September is year. We are pleased wi e success of our National jumbo training program as we have nationalized one of our jumbo crews in is project area as well. We would also like to congratulate Pak Saryono as he has recently been promoted to e position of General Foreman in is area. What a great milestone for Indonesia s first underground shaft mine. Yes, we have had some challenges, but your team has faced em and overcome em head-on, and e product of your efforts is impressive! Thanks again, and looking forward to oer milestones, and e start of production. ~ John Mosher Executive Vice President of Operations On my first visit to Indonesia, e office staff, eir spouses and I went bowling. The purpose was to get to know me and vice versa in a more social and relaxing setting. Fun was had by all. -- Brian Eckensviller In e last 6 mons e safety and productivity has improved a great deal in e GVD/UGBC project area and e crews have managed to win e Safe Production Recognition Scheme award ree times since January The team in is project area has now gone 2.5 years LTA free. Good safety results in good performance as productivity has increased from 300m a mon to 500m. Danny s crews have also taken on a new tunnel at e HEAT road called e Wannegan Drainage Drift (WDD). This job is 100% National wi e National Foreman, Imam Supomo, setting up e job and making sure it will be run safely and efficiently. The job consists of rehabbing 300m of an old mine development en drilling and blasting anoer 2 km of tunnel. The MCM group, under Ed Himsl, continues to support many PTRI projects. We are pleased to announce at Erwin Hutagalung has taken an increased leadership role as e senior National General Foreman and Rotational Superintendent for is work group. The MCM group - over e last ree years - has trained many new employees forming a strong team of very capable national tradesmen and skilled workers. The MCM group looks forward to e start of several new projects and e opportunity to continue e support of e PTRI team here at Freeport. The engineering group continues eir support of e projects wi ventilation plans for e GVD and UGBC areas, e extension of e pumping plan for e GVD declines, and planning out work for e UGBC area. Work is also continuing on e PTRI manpower plans for future work in conjunction wi Freeport management. Most of our Redpa surveyors will be transferring over to Freeport at e end of August. Many anks for all eir hard work and e many bang-on breakroughs whilst developing e Big Gossan Mine. Anoer milestone breakrough between e UGBC and GVD developme
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