Orefields Raise Boring AB has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cementation Canada Inc. to work together in Sweden and Scandinavia. Cementation compliments Orefields’ mining services which include pilot drilling, raise boring, down-reaming, horizontal raise boring and casting/grouting with Cementation’s proven capability and experience to engineer and sink shafts, drive decline ramps, lateral development, production mining and mine construction to access and mine ore bodies. Additionally, the team’s offerings include full in-house engineering and design-supply services for crushing/screening and conveying systems that condition and deliver run-of-mine ore to the processing facility.

In addition to introducing expanded capabilities beneficial to the broader Scandinavian region, the Orefields + Cementation Tier 1 Team would bring innovative delivery model alternatives that reduce risk for the mine owner when compared to the conventional EPC or Design-Bid-Build approaches. Examples of creative risk-reducing alternatives include Design-Build-Operate/Maintain (DBOM), DBOM + System Ownership; following an agreed period of operation, the option to transfer ownership; and Owner’s Mine Build & Mining Partner.

“Over the life of the facility, operations and maintenance expenses often far exceed the initial cost to design and build systems. Consequently, the design and construction of the system significantly impacts operational reliability and the resultant costs that accumulate over the years,” said Clark Whiting, vice president of global business development for Cementation Canada. “Our DBOM approach, being performed by a single accountable venture, reduces risk inherent in spreading work packages between different organizations (as with EPC or Design-Bid-Build approaches, for example). Simply put, the principle behind the DBOM delivery model is that we ‘pack our own parachute’ so we make sure it is done right from the beginning through to deployment.”

With this partnership specifically being established in Sweden for the benefit and added value to the Scandinavian region, Cementation Canada said technical and professional labor resources as well as the supply of materials, equipment and fabrication/construction will be procured in the local regions where possible. Depending on the availability of qualified Scandinavian-based resources, secondary preference will be given to other European Region countries.