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Fortis Fabricates Torpedo Counterweights for International Customer

Fortis was contracted by Kibali Gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo to perform consulting and procedure work. The consultation resulted in a order to Northern Strands, Fortis' sister company, for a torpedo Counterweight. Fortis manufactured the torpedo for Northern Strands to sell to Kibali Gold. The purpose of the torpedo is to increase safety and the efficiency of the client's operations. 

The Torpedo Counterweight is used as a rope end attachment, adding weight to end of a hoist or reeving rope. This helps to keep rolling back over a sheave in the headframe (or otherwise) if the rope weight from the hoist to the sheave exceeds the rope weight from the sheave down to the highest point you will need to hoist the rope end. 

The Torpedo Counterweight is an engineered in-line counterweight that adds a lot of functionality and mitigates risks involved while doing rope work. The unit was pull tested (proof loaded) at 50,000 pounds, which is 2.5 times the working load limit. This test was completed in Fortis' horizontal test bed. The unit was then visually and non-destructively (mag-particle) tested following the proof loading. 
Shipped in an International shipping container, the Torpedo Counterweight along with additional rigging products then left the Saskatoon Warehouse and travelled to Kibali Gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
If your business needs consulting, procedure development, and manufacturing work completed, please contact us! 


Fortis Mining Engineering Manufacturing
802, 57th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Z

Fortis Completes PCS Rocanville Projects With Unique Methodology And a Smooth Transition

The past couple years have been busy ones for Fortis.   As a mining subcontractor and contractor, we have successfully completed a number of projects for local potash mines in Saskatchewan.  We are particularly proud of the mine service work we have completed at PCS Rocanville.

As part of Rocanville West Expansion in December of 2015, Fortis was contracted to complete the following mine service work:

  • Installation of mine hoist head ropes, balance ropes, guide ropes and rub ropes in the PCS Rocanville Scissor Creek new service shaft. 
  • Installation and commissioning of the new mine shaft service cage and counterweight.  

In December 2016, Fortis completed work on the PCS Rocanville No. 2 shaft conversion project.  For this particular mining service job the scope of work included: 

  • Removal of existing mine hoist ropes.
  • Replacement of existing shaft bottom steel and tie in to new shaft tower structure, as part of the conversion from a mine service shaft to mine production shaft.
  • Installation of the new production shaft hoist head ropes, balance ropes, guide ropes and rub ropes as part of the conversion from a mine service shaft to mine production shaft.
  • Installation and commissioning of new 50 Ton production skips.

For both projects, Fortis was instrumental in the development of methodologies and safety procedures.  As an example, Fortis developed a unique methodology for installation of both skips in No.2 Shaft from the same side of the headframe, saving a considerable amount of time during installation.  Both jobs were successfully completed on time and without injury!

At the completion of both Rocanville jobs PCS was particularly happy with the training their employees received in the transition phase, which resulted in a smooth turnover and another happy Fortis customer!

For more information on Fortis mining services please email info@fortiscorporation.com call 306-242-4427 or toll free at 1-844-542-2247

Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.  

"Fortis is your partner in providing mining solutions." 

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