Compressed Air Management Reaches Chile Mines

Compressed Air Management Reaches Chile Mines
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Fitted with the unique Compressed Air Management System, a 20 person underground mine refuge chamber in Chile improves
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Alongside Roberto Torres, Yamana’s Mine Communications, Technology and Applications Manager, MineARC commissioned a 20 person MineSAFE Standard Design fitted with the unique Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) within the Chile Mine.

August 2016 marked a milestone for MineARC’s Compressed Air Management System (CAMS), with the first unit in Latin America installed at Yamana – El Peñón. The mine is located 160km southeast of Antofagasta, Chile, 1.8km above sea level.

El Peñon requested that CAMS be included in its refuge chambers due to the numerous economic and safety benefits. Since installation, the site has already experienced many of the advantages that CAMS has to offer.

  • Optimisation 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-pressurisation
  • 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

Clients worldwide recognise the unique advantages of CAMS technology and the positive effects the system can have at their mine sites. CAMS can also be retrofitted to existing refuge chambers as part of MineARC’s Client Upgrade Assist Program.

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