Belize in less than 2 weeks
August 21st... less than 2 weeks away. I've started the malaria meds, gotten all my shots, and the final meeting was tonight.
Kate and I are traveling to Belize with 10 other people from my church to do some construction and help with an orphanage. Last fall a group went and built a cabin that will be used for the Bible college and technical school that is being developed. Our group will be doing construction during the days, and making visits to 2 local orphanages in some of the evenings. Apparently we'll have internet access, so I should be able to post updates during the week.
Here's a picture of the cabin they built last time.
Paul on 08.08.06 @ 11:49 PM EST [link]
Next EIT rotation
My new home, the Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery (CCNR). Today I started my indoctrination (safety training and orientation) and will be continuing it for the rest of the week. Apparently there's lots of things I have to learn. Tomorrow I get to do a urine test to establish a baseline nickel level which they can compare to in the future to make sure I'm not eating too much nickel dust. Also learning all about the joys of Nickel Carbonyl.
The Nickel Refinery is basically two large buildings, the NRC (Nickel Refinery Converters) and the IPC (Inco Pressure Carbonyl) buildings. The job of the refinery is to take the output from the smelter and produce the final product. This is done by melting the material in Top Blown Rotary Converter (TBRC). The red hot liquid is moved by large ladles and mixed with warm water to remove oxides and produce a granular product. Oddly enough, this is called 'granulation'. From here the granules are sent over to the IPC building (the lower building one in the top picture). Here Nickel Carbonyl is produced by passing carbon monoxide over the impure granules. This is then heated in a reactor column and the nickel detaches from the carbon monoxide and produces pure (about 99.99% pure) nickel. The carbon monoxide is recycled, and the finished product is either in power or pellet form, depending on what the customer needs.
This is my final offical rotation as an EIT, and will involve supervision experience, and Inco's Leader 21 course (starting in November).
Paul on 08.08.06 @ 11:11 PM EST [link]
Friday night delays...
Friday night's drive down south turned out to be much longer than planned. About an hour and a half into the drive I can to a complete standstill just outside of Nobel, and took the next 3 and a half hours to travel about 3km. Almost 2 hours prior to my arrival there had been a 5 car collision just south of the Tim's in Nobel, where the highway goes down to two lanes. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and 3 others were taken to the hospital. No word on exactly what happened, but usually these involved someone crossing the centre line and colliding with oncoming traffic.
Highway 69 is considered one of Canada's deadliest highways and is shrinking as the 400 inches northward. It is currently about 200km and the 4 lane project is projected to be finished in 2017. The location of the accident (the stretch between Parry Sound and Nobel) is currently scheduled to be finished by 2008.
Here's a picture that was in the Parry Sound Beacon Star
Paul on 08.08.06 @ 12:30 PM EST [link]