Complete inert mine seal solution31-Aug-2010
The Complete Inert Mine Seal Solution - On Site Gas Systems Inc (CT, USA) and Strata Mine Services
NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT and ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO– January 20, 2010 —
On Site Gas Systems Inc. and Strata Mine Services LLC have announced a strategic partnership to expand their mine seal construction and behind-seal inerting capabilities to provide a comprehensive solution for US coal mines.
Through the new partnership with On Site Gas, Strata Mine Services now also offers the additional service of inerting seal atmospheres during construction and until the seal reaches full strength.
On Site Gas nitrogen generators are used daily by many mines across the country providing a safe and economical solution to inerting the atmosphere within sealed mine areas from above ground. They also have a unique underground system that was developed in conjunction with NIOSH and is approved by the state of Pennsylvania for underground use closer to the seal. Generating nitrogen on location offers significant savings over the cost of liquid delivered through a borehole, both in terms of convenience and the mine’s financial bottom line. The nitrogen can be made on-site for the duration of a project, eliminating the need for local gas supplier deliveries.
On Site Gas CEO Guy Hatch says that mines will certainly benefit from this joint effort.
“Each company has a great reputation within the industry for the products and services they provide, he said. “By working together, we can offer a complete and easy solution to the mines.”
“Every mine eventually needs ventilation seals built, as well as assistance with nitrogen inerting. “Bringing these companies together and offering nitrogen generators as part of seal installation, provides mine operators with a convenient and cost-effective solution,” says Jeff Hamrick, Vice President and General Manager of Strata Mine Services.
Strata Mine Services currently offers two mine seal products that are MSHA approved under Final Rule 30 CFR Part 75, and additional designs are currently pending approval. Available now and approved for both the 120psi and 50psi segments of the regulations: the Stratacrete Plug Seal and the PMR Reinforced Seal.
The Stratacrete Plug Seal is designed with two formwalls constructed across the entry and remotely filled with a concrete mix called Stratacrete. As the width, or coverage of the seal, increases, so does its strength. The PMR Reinforced Seal is constructed by anchoring rebar into the mine’s roof and floor, then wiring it with 3D welded wire mesh. This forms a strong rib system which can then be fully coated with high-strength gunite or shotcrete. The gunite is sprayed to overlap all edges and create an airtight seal.
About On Site Gas Systems
On Site Gas Systems' products deliver pure convenience – nitrogen or oxygen at the specified purity,
pressure and flow, on location, for a fraction of the cost. On Site Gas provides systems in a broad range of applications including coal mine safety, oil production, laser cutting, food packaging, electronics, and hospitals in over 75 countries. For additional information or to review the complete product line, please visit www.onsitegas,com or call (860) 667-8888.
About Strata Mine Services
Strata Mine Services always strives to provide customers with the most complete and streamlined
construction services. By offering reputable products from well-established vendors, and coupling these with teams of highly-skilled mining professionals, Strata Mine Services is fast becoming a leading provider of underground mining construction and installation services. For more information, please visit www.stratamineservices.com or call (740) 695-6880.
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