The completion of the Renison D-Dam project marks the end of another successful Shaw project. The project provided consistent work for a large proportion of the fleet over the 2017 winter and summer period.
A total of 1,100,000m3 of material was excavated during the 15 months on site, works were completed 4 months ahead of schedule, avoiding the 2018 winter and allowing Bluestone Mines to commence deposition of tailings in their newly constructed dam. Spirits were kept consistently high and the team worked together to achieve safe production regardless of conditions, the team should be proud of their efforts.
The project was not without its challenges. Over 2m of annual rainfall was enough to turn any material from good to bad. Large deposits of ancient lake bed silts were found in foundation excavations, this silt is known by the name of ‘lacustrine’ to geologists. On site it went by the name of ‘slop’ and other words which cannot be repeated here.
Due to the great work achieved on the project, we were also able to negotiate additional work which has kept equipment working on site over the winter period.
Special thanks goes to John, Gareth and all the team and especially Stretch and all the boys at the workshop who kept the plant going throughout the project, without their support the project would not have been possible.