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Fortis Contracted to Install Mine Shaft Ropes, Attachments and Specialized Equipment for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Fortis has been contracted to install mine shaft ropes, attachments, wirelock and specialty equipment for the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) project in New Mexico. The Fortis crews installed sinking ropes, stage ropes, clam ropes, and emergency hoist ropes along with all the shaft sinking rope attachments. In addition, Fortis crews will install maneuvering glands and a double down sheave. The equipment will be supplied by Fortis' sister company Northern Strands.

The WIPP website describes the project as follows, "WIPP was constructed for disposal of defense-generated TRU waste from DOE sites around the country. TRU waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, residues, debris, soil and other items contaminated with small amounts of plutonium and other man-made radioactive elements. The waste is permanently disposed of in rooms mined in an underground salt bed layer over 2000 feet from the surface.

The $75 million shaft sinking is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground. When completed, it will be WIPP’s largest shaft at 26 feet in diameter, reaching 2,275 feet, with drifts, or passageways, being excavated at the 2,150-foot level to match the rest of the WIPP underground that will eventually connect to the shaft."

Fortis is contracted regularly throughout the world for mine shaft services. We are world leaders in mine shaft roping and conveyance services.

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