GAG to Be Deployed Tonight

The GAG engine is expected to be deployed into the Pike River mine tonight, Superintendent Gary Knowles has announced.

The GAG engine is expected to be deployed into the Pike River mine tonight, Superintendent Gary Knowles has announced.
At a 4pm press conference this afternoon, Knowles said that after careful planning and consideration with an Australian expert, the process of neutralising toxic gases in the mine is ready to begin.
“We have managed to seal 99.9 per cent of the tunnel entrance. Hopefully tonight we will be using the GAG”, he said.
The use of the Gorniczy Agregat Gasniczy, or GAG engine, sent by the Queensland Mine Rescue Services (QMRS) has been repeatedly deferred since its arrival last week.
Four further explosions have occurred inside the mine and the materials sealing the mine also caught fire, making it too unsafe for recovery teams to begin work.
Knowles has advised patience, however, as the Gag engine can take between four and eight hours to work, and it may have to be used several times due to coal fires inside the mine.
"This GAG is a huge piece of equipment and when it works it has to work properly. This is not hours this could be days,” he said.
The news comes as New Zealand prepares for a memorial to honor the 29 workers who perished in the mine.
 

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