Watertight Shaft Lining of Combined Concrete and Steel-Plate Construction for a Canadian Potash Mine Shaft

CIM Bulletin, 1971

H. LINK, Chief Engineer, Gutehoffnungshuette Sterkrade Aktiengesellschaft, Oberhausen - Sterkrade, West Germany

The extremely low permeability of the water-carrying beds in the nevonian formation of the potash district of Saskatchewan does not permit the injection of cement or chemicals to seal off sufficient water from the shafts to guarantee the safety of the mine. Based on many years of experience with wet shafts in the German and French potash mining industry, Alwinsal Potash of Canada Ltd. decided to have their potash mine shaft near Lanigan, Sask., which was completed in September of 1967, lined by means of an absolutely watertight lining of combined concrete and steel-plate construction. This shaft lining, consisting of two steel shells of welded construction with concrete filled in between, has proved itself before in the German coal mining industry. It guarantees a permanently dry shaft. With this type of lining, time-robbing and very often abortive injections are superfluous and the regular repair and adjusting work as well as the corrosion of conveyances and ropes can be avoided. Above all, however, the danger of a water inrush into the shaft is abolished completely.
Keywords: Canadian, Devonian, potash, steel, welding, Lining, Linings, Shaft linings, Shafts, steel, Steels, Water, Waters, Welding