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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 5:37:03 AM
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The noisy hub is removed to be internally inspected:









While the Caterpillar dumper 793D overhaul progresses, we'll go back on site tomorrow to solve some electrical supply "problems".

Regards.
Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 4:31:05 PM
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Guy that hub is fantastic, I can only imagine the amount of time involved with the detail.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:08:46 AM
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The site experienced in the past several power outages, due to defects on the existing cables running to electric shovels.
To minimize downtime, the mine management decided to order new cables and to take the opportunity of a synchronized site shut-down to replace the defective ones: the operation is planned for tomorrow.
Loading of new cables drums at the storage area for dispatch on site:





An unused wheel loader has been modified and starts a new working life as cable-layer:



To be continued.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:14:17 AM
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While new cables drums are dispatched around the site, existing power cables are taken down from their road crossing poles:







To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:25:47 AM
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The following morning, power is cut on the whole site and existing cables immediately disconnected on both ends. New cables - which have been run alongside during the night - are connected between shovels and local junction boxes while the "cable-layer" recovers old sections:







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GuyM
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:34:11 AM
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New cables are laid in a similar way (preparation time was too short to optimize downtime and get a simple change-over between power cables):









It now just a matter of connecting power supplies to local junction boxes and to get all testing completed: then shovels can start digging again and operations continue.

To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:45:38 AM
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While electric shovels are restarted and mine activity is brought back to normal, the cable-layer is running new power cables to remote secondary locations:



Some close views of the cable-layer locally-made attachment, during its tests before the change-over operation:







Regards.
Guy


Claus
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:46:44 AM

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The diorama is incredible. Love what you have done with the Cat 988 but every time I see the Peterbilt dragging the radiator guard on the ground I want to scream and fix it.


GuyM
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:01:34 AM
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Claus,

Thanks for the comment: I don't think that anybody here has noted that inverted grille protection on the Peterbilt. The oversize load sign was put back in place after weathering, without realizing that there was a problem.

What's happening here this morning?



Apparently, a brand new equipment has just been delivered to LorraMine:





To be continued.
Guy



GuyM
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:11:23 AM
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Whaouh!!! What a beast!!!



Mine mechanics and the Liebherr Assistance Team are completing the 9800 rebuilt after its transport to site and proceed to final checks:





To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:15:58 AM
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It's time for some practical training for future Operators, before the giant excavator is moved to the mine site:







To be continued.
Guy



GuyM
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:21:13 AM
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Let's hope that tomorrow, we'll get all permits and authorizations to take pictures of the 9800 first day at work.

Regards.
Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 2:22:17 PM
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Guy any pictures of that monster being delivered and put together.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:18:23 PM
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Steve,

No picture, sorry. "Our photographer" doesn't work full time in LorraMine and he was busy at that time with the new workshop delivery and with its dump body handling equipment delivery/installation and test. He missed all operations associated with the Liebherr 9800 delivery, but I'm sure that we'll get in the future some other opportunities with other mining "giants" being delivered.

Regards.
Guy,
Exkvate3140
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 9:30:39 PM
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Guy thanks for the information, great pictures as usual.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:35:26 AM
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GuyM wrote:
[...] Let's hope that tomorrow, we'll get all permits and authorizations to take pictures of the 9800 first day at work [...]


The Liebherr 9800 was already at work when "our photographer" found a suitable location to "shoot the beast":







To be continued.
Guy



GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:38:17 AM
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To be continued.
Guy
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:41:50 AM
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To be continued.
Guy
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:45:10 AM
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Regards.
Guy
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:56:30 PM
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Guy you must have greased the palms of some very important people to get permits that quick. Around here it takes a year just to have them get back to you saying that they received them.
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