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“It’s great to help power this process, working with Vale, contractors, and members to get the job done safely and on time.”
The Vale mining facility in Sudbury is one of the biggest mining operations in the world. With over 4,000 employees, the 6 individual mines produce nickel, copper, cobalt, gold, silver, and platinum group metals.
A modern mine like those at Vale is almost like a city; it can’t work without power. Electrical systems are needed for various processes: drilling, lighting, ventilation, extraction equipment, transportation, emissions reduction – not to mention the computer systems that keep it all working together.
IBEW electricians constructed almost all of the power infrastructure for the mine sites, and continue to maintain and upgrade it.
“Vale trusts IBEW electricians because of our emphasis on safety standards, our experience, and our extensive training,” says IBEW Local 1687 President and Assistant Business Manager Trevor Almenar.
Safety is incredibly important because one mistake can put the lives of thousands at risk within the mine, and thousands more in the surrounding communities. Things simply have to be done without any compromise in standards.
The electrical systems that IBEW members construct and maintain bring economic prosperity into the Sudbury community.
“It’s great to help power this process, working with Vale, contractors, and members to get the job done safely and on time,” says Almenar.
Power is not only the lifeblood of the mine, but of an entire community as well.
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