SINCE THE CEREMONY MARKING THE START OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE EXPLORATION DECLINE IN EARLY JUNE, WORKS ON ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PIECES OF THE PROJECT HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS.
Works on this location have started under the watchful eye of Manager Dejan Milošević.
“The initial works for the construction of the exploration decline were implemented by our contractor, Strabag, adapting the surface area of nine hectares to meet the project needs. This work requires the removal of topsoil and vegetation, creating a need for the installation of drainage channels to collect all precipitation .
This precipitation is collected from a surface area of 13 hectares and is led by drainage channels to a precipitator which has been installed in accordance with the highest standards. To be com-pliant with environmental standards, both ponds are lined with compacted clay and a HDPE liner on the top of it” – notes Milošević, adding that the construction of the overflow tower and precipitator exhaust will be completed by the end of October.
In parallel with these works, Rakita has organized and installed around five kilometres of optic cable connecting the current Rakita offices with future offices at the Portal, providing communication capabilities.
“Blasting on the box cut is completed. Ground support on hanging wall will be installed as mucking of blasted material from upper bench is advancing. This is planned to be followed by works aiming to increase the safety of workers and machinery”, adds Milošević.
He says that there is active work on the shaping of a plateau for administrative support and a machine shop. These facilities will serve as support in the production of exploration declines.
“I can freely say that we are completing the first phase of the construction of the exploration decline. Work is also under way on digging along the route of the decline, to install the metal plating of the future tunnels”, concluded Exploration Decline Manager Dejan Milošević.
Further works include the construction of 25 metres of underground rooms, the setting of a total of 130 metres of foundations for steel segments, the assembly of these segments and their backfilling.