The Red Chris mining project, located in northwest British Columbia, is a significant undertaking that involves the development of an open pit mine and a 30,000-tonne capacity mill. The mill is responsible for processing the extracted ore and producing copper concentrate. The project is expected to have a mine life of 28.3 years.
Scott Steel, a leading construction company, was awarded the Red Chris project at Dease Lake, British Columbia. The project involved the erection of a hybrid pre-engineered gold mine crusher building with a footprint of 120,000 sqft, floatation, and storage. Scott Steel’s team completed the project with utmost precision and efficiency, ensuring that all safety protocols were followed.
The hybrid pre-engineered building system used in the construction of the gold mine crusher building is a modern and innovative approach that combines the benefits of both pre-engineered and conventional steel structures. The system is designed to provide superior strength, durability, and flexibility while reducing construction time and costs.
The floatation and storage facilities constructed by Scott Steel are essential components of the gold mining process. The floatation process separates valuable minerals from waste rock by using chemicals and air bubbles. The minerals are then collected and transported to the storage facility for further processing.
"Scott Steel Erectors, a metal building assembly company, has been working at Red Chris since April 2013 on construction of the process plant. We have crew of 35 on site at any given time, “says the company’s site supervisor, Doug Hood. The process plant is made up of six areas: grinding, flotation, thickener, concentrate storage, reagent, and the electrical annex. Crews built the structural skeleton of the plant first, and then installed insulation, siding and a sheet metal roof to keep the inside warm and dry. Crews assembled and installed all of the building components, including structural steel, wall and roof sheet metal, windows, louvers and doors. They also did the overhead crane installations, and specialized hoisting and rigging. “The project is very challenging, but extremely rewarding,” says Doug. “When I look back at pictures I took six short months ago, I can’t believe how much has been completed. There are 150 transport truckloads of steel in the frames,” he explains. “Doug Hood’s dedicated, skilled crew worked hard – some from 135 foot lifts installing bolts and screws while the temperature dipped to -27C to meet the deadline,” says Red Chris construction manager Alex Cook. “Work is not finished for Doug’s team. Because of their excellent performance, Scott Steel has been awarded another contract. So there are 60 more loads of steel on the way. We look forward to a repeat performance for the installation of the interior steel.” Doug attributes the success to everyone involved in the project!"