On the fast track with Ausenco

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MILLENNIUM Minerals’ Nullagine sulphide expansion project is being successfully fast-tracked thanks to Ausenco’s flexibility and project management expertise.

The project, which involved the expansion of the processing plant at Millennium’s Nullagine gold operations about 185km north of Newman in WA, was now in construction with commissioning on schedule for Q1 2019.

Millennium had approached the engineering, construction and project management company with a concept, having wanted to boost production and lower costs.

Ausenco APAC-Africa studies manager Scott Brindley said the company was able to take that concept and put it into reality, while supporting Millennium through a fast tracked design and build.

“We used our years of engineering experience to take Millennium’s concept flowsheet and turn it into a well-structured and costed design, which we are currently implementing,” Mr Brindley said.

Ausenco has continued to be well-recognised for its process capability, as well its experience and expertise in designing and building efficient process plants.

As part of its work with Millennium, Ausenco is undertaking engineering procurement and construction management, which included evaluating options for the processing plant, followed by conceptual studies and then a detailed design of the preferred option.

Like previous projects, its design and engineering was fit for purpose, with no unnecessary engineering or costs.

Because Ausenco is able to fast track the design and build, it provides savings and efficiencies and will enable the commissioning of the project well before the industry norm.

Ausenco has developed a strong and ongoing relationship with Millennium and looked forward to the two companies working together in the future.

This article appeared in Australian Mining Review, December 2018