Our last update on the progress of Marian No. 1 Boiler work was recently published, and mentioned that we were hopeful of bringing the schedule for this work back into July based on progress to date. At the time of that update there were a few critical path items that, depending on how they transpired, would allow the schedule to compress even further. I am happy to report that, with completion of several of these critical path items, we can confidently say the boiler should be returned for operational use earlier than planned and as of today we are targeting sometime between 16 and 20 July for commencement of crushing on two trains.
As reported recently, the pressure test of the boiler tubing yielded good results which allowed for the schedule to be compressed. We have now completed the refractory work in the boiler ahead of schedule as well due to good work management and favourable conditions. This has allowed the timeframe for completion of works to come forward. Additionally, the materials for the ducting and hoppers have been received on site and assembly is proceeding smoothly, with completed works expected by next Tuesday. We can start a warming fire in the boiler as early as next Tuesday and, barring any startup issues with the boiler or the 10MW turbine, we should be crushing between 16 and 20 July. There is a bit of work to do to be ready for this schedule over the weekend so we will update you again on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, as early as possible.
Please be aware that for No. 1 Boiler to be brought back into service, we will require a 36-48 hour complete steam off outage at the site. The boiler will be brought back online using the newly reviewed and revised procedures which are the product of extensive review by internal and external resources. I would like to thank those who have been working diligently to bring this project in ahead of schedule, and look forward to running on two trains at Marian in the near future.