Near the north-western shore of Hudson Bay lies the Agnico Eagle Meliadine gold mine. The site is located in the Kivalliq District of Nunavut, Canada, which due to its unpredictable and extremely cold temperatures, comes with its own set of challenges. Scheduling the transport of equipment to the site by both road and water is also very challenging, as the site must avoid early freezing of waterways in the lower Arctic region.
Agnico Eagle approached Metso in 2020 to replace the first of three originally installed apron feeders of a different brand at its Meliadine site after three years in operation due to their high operating cost. Following this first successful replacement with Metso’s high-quality, durable, and reliable apron feeder, the second apron feeder was replaced later that same year and a third one in 2022.