Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction Works to Expand Ekati Diamond Mine
The Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction joint venture was awarded the job of general contractor for the construction of new camp infrastructure at the push back expansion project at Ekati Diamond Mine’s Misery Pit project. The project consisted of a redevelopment of the old Misery Camp at the mine site and required significant coordination of logistics due to the reduced level of infrastructure service at the construction site.
Nahanni’s work on the Misery project was featured in Ekati’s newsletter, download a copy.
The Ekati Diamond Mine is extremely remote and the Misery Camp at the mine is located another 28 kilometres further away from the main Ekati camp infrastructure. This required Det’on Cho Nahanni to bus crews from the main camp to the Misery site each day. It also meant that concrete operations needed to be well coordinated because the batch plant is located at the main camp. The coordination of crews, equipment, and concrete and supplies was further complicated by the fact that communications at the Misery site were not in place when the contract began
A large amount of the work on the Misery project was undertaken outside due to the condensed 10 month completion schedule of the project. Det’on Cho Nahanni crews worked in arctic conditions that included snow, ice and temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius.
A high percentage of the crew on this project were new to the Ekati mine site and required extensive safety training which required additional resources to ensure it was completed to the high standard Det’on Cho Nahanni puts on their safety program.
As with most of Det’on Cho Nahanni’s projects the site was extremely remote with limited access by the client.
How We Helped
Det’on Cho Nahanni ensured production time that was lost meeting logistical challenges like crew and equipment transport didn’t impact the project schedule by working a day and night shift. In order to coordinate project resources in the most timely way Det’on Cho Nahanni worked to get set up with phone and internet communications on site quickly.
The cold weather, while always a challenge in the North’s arctic, was a hurdle the Det’on Cho Nahanni crews took in stride. As is the Det’on Cho Nahanni way the entire team on site prepared for the weather well and continued working through harsh conditions to meet project responsibilities.
Safety training costs were high but no expense is spared when it comes to ensuring crews are up to speed on the latest safety regulations and training. All new crew members were put through Nahanni’s rigourous safety training program and safe practices were reinforced throughout the project. This strategy has allowed the Det’on Cho Nahanni crews to reach 80,000 man hours without lost time to injuries.
To ensure our clients and partners were confident in the work that was being completed Det’on Cho Nahanni continued to foster a good working relationship and high level of trust with the client through a policy of record keeping and good reporting systems. This allowed for reduced costs related to client site visits.
- This project was a redevelopment of the old Misery camp. It required crews to travel almost 60km per day from the already remote arctic Ekati mine.
- Det’on Cho Nahanni recently passed 335,000 man hours with no lost time to injury on the Misery project.
- As of February 10, 2011 the Misery project was under construction and scheduled to be delivered on schedule and under budget.