DSI Solves Water Inflow Problem at Campo Morado Mine

The Canadian mining company Farallon Resources Ltd. runs a large polymetallic mine with zinc, gold, silver, copper and lead deposits in Guerrero State, in southern Mexico. The Campo Morado Mine is located approximately 160km southwest of Mexico City and has one of the largest metal deposits in Mexico. Farallon Resources Ltd. opened the mine in 1995 and has since discovered six new deposits.

In July 2008, the mine owner was facing a problem: parts of the mine were flooded by ground water and were no longer accessible for extracting ore. The contractor working on site knew the experienced DSI employee Gaetan Rivard from DSI Sudbury personally and knew that he had the experience and knowledge to solve the problem. Gaetan Rivard accepted the challenge and travelled to Mexico with DSI Mexico’s Sales Manager Jorge Gonzalez and Carlos Roacho, DSI Mexico Technical Sales.

The experienced DSI employees soon found a solution to the problem: DSI supplied a grout pump, grout plugs and the grout necessary for cutting off the water. The crew in charge had to pump grout continuously for two shifts on two holes before the water was successfully contained.

The DSI employees did not only instruct the crews during injection, but also trained personnel to install cable bolts and performed pull tests to ensure the stability of the mining products used.

Owner
Farallón Minera Mexicana S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico
Contractor
Farallón Minera Mexicana S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico
Subcontractor
Wabi Development, Ontario, Canada
Engineering
Ing. Jesús Rivera

DSI Units
DSI Canada Ltd., Sudbury, Canada; DSI Anclas Mineras S.A. de C.V., Jalisco, Mexico
DSI Scope
Supply of a grout pump, grout plugs and grout; technical assistance, training and pull tests on site
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