BAFFINLAND IRON MINES TRUCK SHOP
Baffinland Iron Mine is located on Baffin Island in Nunavut, it is the sixth most northern mine in the world. Nahanni Nunavut Construction Limited (NNCL) was hired to design and build an 850M2 custom Maintenance Truck Shop to house some of the largest equipment on the mine site, 793 Haul Trucks and a 994 Cat Loader. This was the first Design-Build (DB) on the Baffinland site and NNCL brought considerable northern experience to the DB process when determining materials, logistics and overall project execution.
This building was an essential piece of mine-site infrastructure required to maintain critical equipment that would not fit in any of the standard maintenance shops currently on-site. The build included a 60-tonne overhead crane, a wash bay with a water recycle system, and a lube storage and dispensing system.
With design and procurement undertaken in March 2018, construction started in August of 2018. Logistical considerations were a critical requirement to ensure project success. With the mine site located in the remote northern reaches of Baffin Island all freight was staged by NNCL at the Port of Valleyfield in Montreal and then loaded and shipped to the Milne Port on the North End of Baffin Island. NNCL then transported the materials 100KM overland to the Mary River Mine Site.
Throughout the construction period on-site NNCL crews experienced an unseasonably wet summer period and winter construction conditions that had crews erecting the building envelop in temperatures in excess of -40 Celsius, with windchills in the -60 Celsius range.
Overall, the Client was very pleased with the dedication and quality of work completed by NNCL crews.