Let it flow

The ventilation system in an underground mine plays a vital role in removing air contamination and providing fresh, breathable air to everyone working underground. Ailbhe Goodbody finds out how changes in the mining industry are affecting how ventilation is carried out

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Ventilation-on-demand (VOD) can significantly improve the energy efficiency of a ventilation system. Photo: Maestro

Ventilation dilutes the harmful components that are found in a mine to an allowable regulatory level – these contaminants can include:

  • Gases that come from the strata rock (such as methane, CO2, H2S,

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