Nova Scotians are being asked to comment on proposed amendments to Nova Scotia’s fire safety regulations. The proposed amendments will take effect Tuesday, Oct. 31, and are necessary to ensure that the province adopts the 2005 National Fire Code. The deadline for comments is Monday, Sept. 25. “Adopting the National Fire Code is in the best interests of public safety,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “The new code will make fire safety requirements more flexible and easier to implement by helping users understand the reasons behind the requirements.” The 2005 National Fire Code is the first objective-based fire code in Canada. The code allows for more flexibility in achieving fire safety in Nova Scotia. It is a sister document to the National Building and Plumbing Code of Canada, which takes effect in Nova Scotia on Friday, Sept. 1. Although Nova Scotia is adopting the national code, the province will be able to add to the provincial regulations at any time to further enhance public safety. The proposed changes can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
Outokumpu Technology has agreed the delivery of three TankCell-300 flotation cells to OceanaGold’s Macraes operation in New Zealand. TankCell-300, with an active capacity of over 300 m3, is the largest mechanical flotation cell in the world. The Macraes delivery will be the first such installation and represents a significant development for flotation technology in general. Outokumpu Technology will provide the complete flotation circuit at Macraes and is responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the three cells, with completion scheduled for mid 2007. OceanaGold’s Macraes mine is New Zealand’s largest producer of gold, with the annual capacity to process 6 Mt. A single train configuration of 1/1/1 TankCell-300s, combined with two existing TankCell-150s, will replace the site’s original three trains of column flotation, representing a significant reduction not only in footprint, but also in operating costs such as maintenance and spare parts. The larger TankCell design also offers optimized froth stability for low-grade ores, as well as ongoing savings from lower air and power consumption. The TankCell-300 units at Macraes will also feature the latest field-proven and patented FloatForceTM mixing technologies developed by Outokumpu Technology.