Fire-resistant fluids in underground mining equipment hydraulic systems, Sullivan Mine, Cominco Ltd., Kimberley, B.C.

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 73, No. 820, 1980

J.W. REYNOLDS, Superintendent, Technical Development Cominco Ltd., Kimberley, B.C.

The use of approved fire-resistant hydraulic fluids in equipment operating underground was made mandatory in British Columbia by amendment to the Provincial Mines Regulation Act effective January 1, 1975. This paper covers the action taken to achieve this, in the largest underground metal mine in British Columbia. Some evaluation of costs and effects based on experience to date is included.
Keywords: Fluids, Fire-resistant fluids, Hydraulic systems, Sullivan Mine, Safety.