Pike River Recovery Agency secures nitrogen plant


Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency, based in New Zealand, has hired a nitrogen (N2) plant from BOC to assist in the re-entry of the Pike River mine drift that took place in 2010.

The BOC New Zealand plant is made up of several containers of equipment, including compressors and other machinery. It is expected to be in use for about a year and will be shipped from its current location in Australia.

Chief Operating Officer Dinghy Pattinson, said, “This particular plant has been used in Greymouth before – both at Pike River and at Spring Creek. Part of the contract specifies that the company supplying the plant will also provide a back-up liquid N2 system, train our staff in operating the plant and back-up, and have technicians available should anything be amiss.”

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