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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 6:01:17 AM
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To be continued (tomorrow).

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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 12:26:27 AM
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Guy the explosive scene is great.
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GuyM
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 8:12:21 AM
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Preparation for the blasting is on-going:







Detonator cord, linking all explosive charges, is 100% laid at the end of the day shift and blasting scheduled when most of personnel is far from the site:



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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 8:18:21 AM
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A few close views of the explosives feeder truck built by Michel and weathered by Olive:







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Guy

GuyM
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 8:20:04 AM
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All equipment is parked far away from the blast zone:





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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 8:35:48 AM
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Meanwhile, on the main LorraMine parking site, everyone is waiting for the blast:



The site evacuation gives some remote maintenance opportunities, for example on this Liebherr 996 crawling into the workshop:





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Guy
RobS
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 10:25:40 AM
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This continues to be incredible! I'm very anxious to see the blast in 1:50 scale Teeth Just hope it doesn't rattle the donuts to the floor...

Rob
Exkvate3140
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 1:32:37 PM
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Guy that explosives truck is a great custom, that is truly a work of art.
Thanks for the pictures. Will they be using the Pete’s air horns for the blast warnings.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 5:45:31 AM
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Is LorraMine planning to install a crusher? Our photographer just found this drawing when visiting the mine Engineering Department:



Wait and see! He will try to get more infos on this project.
While on site shooting the new Liebherr mining excavator, he took the opportunity to take pictures of some other newcomers he saw around:





To be continued.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 5:53:17 AM
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The team preparing blasting operations are now assisted by a new wheeled loader to help them fill drilling holes after they have been packed with explosives:





To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 6:04:36 AM
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That day, the Caterpillar CT 660 truck, equipped with a Hiab XS knuckleboom crane and a flatbed, was bringing a small Terex skid-steer compact loader on site:









We'll come back (tomorrow) hoping to find out what could be the use of such a small equipment within all these giants.

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Guy

GuyM
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 6:26:21 AM
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GuyM wrote:
Is LorraMine planning to install a crusher? Our photographer just found this drawing when visiting the mine Engineering Department:
[...]
Wait and see! He will try to get more infos on this project. [...]


We've since asked the mine Management about the future project, but we didn't get a lot of official information back:



They agreed to reveal that the fabrication of the crusher itself was progressing as per schedule:





The only other thing they could confirm was that construction of the crusher control room - to be installed at the very top of the structure - was well advanced in some project subcontractor's premises:



Regards.
Guy

JoeE
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 7:28:17 AM

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Nice.
Really enjoy the updates every morning while drinking my coffee.



We rally round the family, with a pocket full of shells.....
RobS
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 9:07:06 AM
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Looks like they'll need a sizeable crane to install that crusher. Can I recommend a Manitowoc MLC650 Smile

Rob
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 12:24:03 PM

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RobS wrote:
Looks like they'll need a sizeable crane to install that crusher. Can I recommend a Manitowoc MLC650 Smile

Rob


Looks like pieces of a Liebherr LR1280 are already beginning to arrive.
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 12:24:40 PM

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JoeE wrote:
Nice.
Really enjoy the updates every morning while drinking my coffee.



Me too!
Exkvate3140
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 12:49:37 PM
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Guy this is fantastic these men are serious about their hobby. They have to be using real dynamite (small firecrackers maybe) for explosion day and they have to be getting close if they are packing the holes. This is like watching General Hospital you have to tune in everyday because if you miss an episode you will not know what is going on. That last statement is what I hear my wife saying I do not watch soap operas but I know somebody in NC who does Q@$&#*=a.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:22:02 AM
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GuyM wrote:
That day, the Caterpillar CT 660 truck, equipped with a Hiab XS knuckleboom crane and a flatbed, was bringing a small Terex skid-steer compact loader on site [...] We'll come back (tomorrow) hoping to find out what could be the use of such a small equipment within all these giants. [...]


The Maintenance Intervention Team Leader provided us with the response: the P&H 4100 shovel was recently equipped with an electric cable hydraulic reel that got stuck in a position where no crane access is possible. The only solution was to get a small equipment accessing it from under:



The skid-steer unit helps to maintain the hydraulic motor while the reel is disengaged and linkage inspected:



Some time later, live tests after repair:





That was a quick and successful intervention!

To be continued.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:35:38 AM
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The Maintenance Team remains on site as the shovel resumes its duties, just in case:





As no more problem is experienced, the Intervention Team drives back to the base:



Regards.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:42:40 AM
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On the way back, they drive along both Liebherr 9800 mining excavators, subject to some routine checks and scheduled maintenance:









Regards.
Guy



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