In late 2019, Metso released details of its journey to deliver three Lokotrack crushing and screening plants for the reconstruction of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) McMurdo research station in Antarctica.
The McMurdo research station is located at 78° South and 167° East with temperatures ranging from -40 to +40 Fahrenheit (-40 to +4 Celsius). The station is being rebuilt under the Antarctic Infrastructure and Modernization for Science (AIMS) project to upgrade the station for improved logistical and energy efficiency.
Leidos, the NSF’s prime contractor for the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) as well as the AIMS project, selected the Metso Lokotrack® LT106™ jaw crusher plant, Lokotrack® LT200HP™ cone crusher, and Lokotrack® ST3.8™ mobile screen for the job, which involves producing roughly 150,000 cubic yards (126,000 cubic meters) of engineered fill.
The machines arrived in Antarctica in February, and Leidos has been very pleased with the results. Equipment was retrofitted for extreme cold at Metso’s Tampere, Finland, facility and purchased through Colorado-based distributor Wagner Equipment. Metso’s equipment will be used for three years to crush ground materials for construction and expansion projects all over the base, including docks, runways, building foundations, and roadways.
“So far, Metso’s equipment is getting the job done beyond our expectations,” says David DesAutels, Leidos-ASC fleet analyst.