PowerTrunk, part of the Sepura Group, has been chosen by Agnico Eagle Mines to deploy a TETRA two-way radio network at the Meliadine gold mine in northern Canada. Meliadine is Agnico Eagle’s second major project in Canada’s Low Arctic and its largest development project based on reserves and resources.
The Meliadine advanced-stage gold project in Nunavut Territory is also the second contract awarded to PowerTrunk by Agnico Eagle following the Meadowbank gold mine project, where it is already providing secure and reliable voice and data TETRA communications for the day-to-day operations of their mines.
“Following a successful first phase deployment at the Meadowbank Gold Mine, we are happy to continue working with PowerTrunk,” said Philip Quessy, Eng, General IT Supervisor AEM. “We selected TETRA again because it provides us with advanced features within a reliable and proven platform that meets our user requirements.”
The network comprises PowerTrunk-T TETRA infrastructure for both outdoor and underground mining communications, four base stations, and an expected roll out of several hundred robust, IP67 rated Sepura STP9000 hand-portables for workers, together with Sepura SRG3900 mobiles with colour consoles for vehicle communication. The equipment will have to withstand some of the world’s harshest weather conditions with temperatures which can easily reach -40ºC in the winter.
“Since entering the North American market in 2012, TETRA continues to challenge the functionalities which customers should expect in their land mobile radio solutions,” said David Torres, PowerTrunk’s senior vice president of Sales. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Agnico Eagle and to introducing new customers to TETRA.”