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Diavik Welcomes Compressed Air Management System for Refuge Chambers

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The main focus was to bring the mine, up to date with the latest modern equipment capable of being monitored from the surface...
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Compressed Air Management System for Refuge Chambers
The latest Compressed Air Management System for a Refuge Chamber

The longtime relationship between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. and MineARC Systems has continued to grow over the last 2 years. Keith Darnell, Service Manager MineARC America, had the opportunity to introduce the MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) for refuge chambers to Brody Walker, Diavik Underground Electrical and Instrumentation Planner/ Scheduler.

During their successful gathering, one of Diavik’s main focuses was to bring the mine, located in the Northwest Territories in Canada, up to date with the latest modern equipment capable of being monitored from the surface. In addition to meeting this requirement, the CAMS would be able to provide significant cost savings by minimizing compressor run times as well as isolating compressed air should the air become contaminated. After reviewing the advantages that the CAMS can offer, Diavik decided to purchase several units which were installed in their MineARC Refuge Chambers in 2016. Diavik is in the process of training their personnel on how the system works and how to operate it during an emergency situation.

The Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a breathable air system that is unique to the market; offering a range of features aimed at reducing running costs and improving operational safety during an emergency.

Some of the additional advantages the CAMS has are:

  • Optimization of mine air usage, resulting in considerably reduced operational costs
  • Five times faster servicing than the current standard due to quick release fittings
  • Air toxicity monitoring and emergency shut off valve
  • Security against over-pressurization
  • Unique quick-release bayonet clipping system, eliminating the need to screw in filter elements and housings
  • Flood protection valve for automatic mine air shut off in the event of water ingress


Read more about CAMS and download the latest brochure here.

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