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In general, time is money. In Canada, time is gold.

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Hidden in the boreal forests of northern Ontario is Canada’s largest undeveloped gold reserve. Detour Gold started construction of a new installation to delve the mine’s 16 million ounces of gold. With numerous structures to build, Detour was looking for a time and cost effective way to prepare the plant for mining as soon as possible. With that uptime in mind, Detour chose Mammoet, based on its broad experience and fleet, to be the sole contractor to handle all lifting operations.

One contractor to optimize all cranes.

Early in the production process, Detour Gold realized that hiring multiple contractors, each with their own cranes, would create some inefficiencies and delays. Not only would precious time be wasted training each individual operator, there was also a significant chance of expensive cranes standing idle. Not to mention the time and energy Detour had to spend managing all suppliers. Initially one of several contractors, Mammoet was approached by Detour Gold to take charge of all lifting jobs in order to maximize crane utilization.

Maximizing crane efficiency saved a significant amount of time and money.

Detour Gold mine, Canada

With its extensive fleet, Mammoet was able to supply all equipment while guaranteeing maximum efficiency with a minimal number of cranes. Whenever a crane was waiting for materials to arrive, it was put to use elsewhere on the construction site. Costs for mobilizing cranes to the remote location of the Detour mine were also significantly reduced. Efficiencies in maintenance helped prevent breakdowns – another big advantage of the chosen approach.

June 2011 Coordinated lifting services for all subcontractors

Aug 2012 Extensive engineering to ensure safety for critical lifts

Dec 2012 100,000 man-hours without injuries

Dec 2012 Plant completed in only 18 months

All cranes were efficiently managed and operated by fifty Mammoet professionals, who spent a total of nine months on location. They carried out various lifting tasks for several subcontractors at the Detour site. During the 100,000 man-hours the Mammoet crew put in, not a single minute was lost due to injuries. This is a remarkable achievement, thanks to Mammoet’s strict safety program and procedures.

By partnering with Mammoet, Detour Gold was able to save a significant amount of time and money in their overall construction strategy.

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