On May 31, 2011 Osisko Mining Corporation, a leader in exploration and mining in Quebec, inaugurated the Canadian Malartic gold mine, a large-scale open-pit mine located in Malartic, Abitibi. Construction began in late 2009 and it is Osisko’s first mine to go into production. Osisko estimates it will extract more than 9 million ounces of gold from now until 2027.
A major component of this new project was the need to reliably join large diameter piping systems up to 54″/1300mm. The Victaulic Advanced Groove System (AGS) was selected as the ideal application to meet the demanding requirements on this job for its strength and ease of installation. Victaulic AGS couplings, comprised of 2 housings, provided fast and easy installation while allowing for visual inspection of proper joint assembly. For process water and chemical applications, AGS couplings were installed directly on AGS roll grooved pipe. For demanding abrasive slurry systems, AGS Couplings were installed with Vic-Rings on rubber-lined pipe allowing the ability to maintain full pipe wall thickness.
A wide variety of Victaulic products were also utilized in the plant for process air, water, and chemical services. Of note, Victaulic valves were used on all applicable services to 24″/600mm along with QuickVic® installation-ready rigid and flexible couplings and TA balancing valves on smaller diameter piping lines under 10″/250mm. In addition, a full line of Victaulic FireLock® products comprised the fire protection system installed to protect the mill.