Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine Pebble Crushing Plant

CLIENT: Alamos Gold Inc.
PROJECT: Young-Davidson Mine Pebble Crushing Plant

PROJECT TYPE: Brownfield
LOCATION: Ontario, Canada
COMMODITY: Gold
SERVICE SCOPE: EPCM – Process, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical & Control

THE CHALLENGE

The grinding circuit at Young-Davidson was originally designed and built without a pebble crusher loop.  Since the mill was rejecting approximately 50 tph of un-grindable pebbles, a significant stockpile over the span of 5 years was generated. The objective of this project was to crush the existing 50 tph “fresh” pebble stream all-the-while reclaiming and crushing the stockpile of pebbles.

The challenges of this application were as follows:

  • the fact that the feed rate was highly variable,
  • drawings of the area where the new conveyors, and crusher building were not available, and
  • the operations did not want to incur a long shutdown to tie-in the pebble crushing circuit as well as ensuring the new crusher did not have an effect on production.
THE SOLUTION

The pebble crushing system was also dynamically controlled to cater for the variable feed by running the crusher at variable speeds from a VFD – this was a first for a pebble crushing application.

To overcome the lack of drawings of the existing plant, Halyard utilized point cloud technology to survey the area to ensure new equipment and concrete works will not clash with existing equipment.

To ensure the pebble crusher circuit would not adversely effect operations, the circuit was decoupled from the grinding circuit by utilizing a diverter on the fresh pebble conveyor to dump the pebbles into a bunker if the any equipment in the pebble crushing circuit unexpectedly tripped.

ACHIEVEMENTS/HIGHLIGHTS

The project was completed on budget and the integration of the pebble crushing circuit did not unexpectedly interrupt production during the construction and commissioning of the equipment.

The circuit helped Young-Davidson to deplete their stockpile of pebbles and continues to operate to crush fresh pebbles being rejected by the grinding circuit.