City engineers work on Canadian project

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Engineers from Sheffield have completed a six-month contract to install three giant hoists at a Canadian mine that is 130 miles from the nearest city and where temperatures can fall below -30ºC.

Darnall-based DavyMarkham won the £8mn contract to supply the hoists, one of which can raise loads up to 16 tonnes from more than half a mile underground.

The firm also secured a £2m contract to install and commission the equipment at HudBay Minerals’ Lalor copper, gold and zinc mine in Manitoba.

Project manager Steve Henson said: “This was challenging work of a kind which few other companies would have been able to deliver. The hoists travelled by sea to Montreal, some 1,400 miles away from their final destination, before being carried by train to Winnipeg and then trucked to the mine in the small town of Snow Lake.

“Members of the DavyMarkham team then went on site to ensure the successful installation of the hoists was competed.

“This was a truly international project involving suppliers in Europe and South America and electrical sub-contractors ABB Canada, and it further demonstrates DavyMarkham’s growing reputation within the global mining market.”