SUDBURY, ON, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Vale today announced that construction
has begun on the Company's CORe (Challenging Ore Recovery) project at
Clarabelle Mill. The $200 million investment will increase metal
recoveries at the mill by four per cent, increasing the value extracted
from existing resources.
"The CORe project is part of a $3.4 billion investment plan Vale
announced for our Sudbury operations in November of last year," said
Jon Treen, General Manager of Vale's Ontario Operations. "This
investment will help modernize our operations and contribute to our
ongoing competitiveness and sustainability for years to come in
The CORe project includes the construction of a new 38,000 square foot
flotation plant containing a new flotation system using
state-of-the-art technology. The project also involves technology
improvements to existing mill infrastructure including installation of
a new Isa Mill and replacement of flotation cells. A new dry (change
house) is also part of the project along with a construction and
equipment laydown yard to accommodate the anticipated workforce.
The project is expected to create 150-200 skilled trade jobs during peak
construction. Construction is scheduled to be complete in July 2013.
"We are very pleased to break ground on this project and demonstrate our
commitment to investing in our operations in Sudbury," said Treen
Vale's CORe Project at Clarabelle Mill
The CORe project is a $200 million investment that will result in a four
per cent increase in nickel recoveries at Clarabelle Mill.
A four per cent increase in recoveries means Vale generates more nickel
for every pound of ore mined. This increases the ability to maximize
the value of the resource in the ground and, consequently, increases
the resource base we have to choose from as borderline ores become more
This project is part of a $3.4 billion five-year investment plan for
Vale's Sudbury Operations and part of a $10 billion overall investment
package for Canada through to the end of 2015.
The project will create 150 to 200 new external skilled trade jobs
during peak construction periods.
Construction on the CORe project includes a new flotation plant and a
new dry (change house) for employees. The flotation plant will be
completed in July 2012 and the new dry building was completed in the
spring of 2011. Modifications to the existing mill, including the
installation of new flotation cells, will be completed in July of 2013.
Within the existing mill, a new state-of-the art Isa Mill will be
installed and flotation cells will be replaced by mid-2013. Impacts on
production will be minimized during the installation process by the
re-circuiting of equipment that is not currently in use.
CORe is an acronym for Challenging Ore Recovery.
Key project commodity and equipment quantities:
Concrete - 4,375 yd3
Structural steel - 1,780 tons
HVAC platework - 100 tons
Instrumentation and electrical cables - 358,366 feet
Pipe - 53,971 feet
Electrical and instrumentation equipment - 510 pieces
Major pieces of mechanical equipment - 86 pieces
SOURCE Vale Limited
For further information:
Manager, Corporate Affairs
Vale, Ontario Operations