Newmont Gold Mine – Longer Lifespan Hoses for Dewatering Program
The dewatering hoses at Newmont’s Boddington gold and copper mine were only lasting 3-6 months before splitting and tearing on the pit floor’s rough surface. It was causing delays – and added costs – to their dewatering program.
To combat the splitting hoses, we recommended they look at some harder-wearing options that would be more resistant to abrasion, punctures, and tearing. They decided to choose Slurryflex SA mining hose instead of an industrial hose. It’s rated up to 50bar with a tough outer layer, and the hot vulcanised end connections provide extra resistance to tearing at the flanges.
We also suggested simplifying the pump set-up to provide more clearance around the skids for easier maintenance. This helps stop leaking from the end connections and reduces inventory.
The Slurryflex hose is now lasting 3-4 years before it needs replacing. This allows the team to spend their time on other projects, rather than fixing punctured hoses. They can get on with pumping the water out and making the pit operational again.
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