Mine Tip Walls – Congo – 20 August

We recently supplied Galvanised Gabions and geotextiles required for building three Mass-Gravity Gabion mine tip walls near Kolwezi in the Southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The designs and detailed drawings were undertaken by Gabion Baskets.

All designs were presented to the client together with a B.O.Q. and estimates of rock required and the estimated time for completion of the erection for this project. The founding conditions were poor and advice was also offered to improve the in-situ conditions for the founding of the large gabion walls. The walls range in height from 6-12m high. We are also providing on-site gabion installation training for the 2 month period estimated to complete the initial gabion structures, gabion tool kits and frames were provided to help made the erection task easier. We hope to also use plant to increase the speed of the gabion infill to complete in a shorter time frame, as the walls fall into the critical path of the project.

Local populations are used for these works, providing much needed work for the local inhabitants. Normally persons can be adequately trained to do the installation of gabions in about 3-5 days, as they are simple to understand.

We will possibly post photo’s of this project on this website for all to see later on, please revisit the website when you next have a chance to view the progress on this interesting project.

Gabions are used extensively in mining applications as rock is normally freely available, and due to their remote localities gabions are often the preferred solution.

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