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Designing the Roy Hill project in Western Australia

We are currently undertaking the Engineering for the Process Plant and Port Packages for the Roy Hill project.

Prior to the project award and during the Roy Hill Iron Ore project tendering period, we reviewed the design and made recommendations for optimisation to both Roy Hill Holdings and Samsung C&T. During the tendering period, Samsung contracted us for assistance and review of the engineering be conducted to identify capital cost savings from the feasibility study work. Several improvements were made to the process flow sheets and to the overall plant layout, resulting in fewer conveyors, and a reduction in the quantity of wet plant equipment and an increase in operating flexibility. The changes to the process plant resulted in significant capital cost savings, as well as a reduction in the operating and maintenance costs.

The Roy Hill design is being designed to be modular for off shore fabrication. We are standardising many of the components to reduce the engineering and fabrication costs of, for example the overland conveyor. All design is being executed in Bentley Smart plant in 3D. This facilitates schedule/cost improvements by closer interaction with shop detailers and fabricators.

Our Shanghai offices are conducting 30% of the engineering works awarded to us for the Roy Hill project as one of our High Value Delivery Centres. This greatly reduces the cost of the engineering and provides additional resources to ensure rapid engineering team ramp-up, while maintaining high quality outcomes by supervision of the work using Australian engineers.

Location:Pilbara, Western Australia
Client:Samsung C & T Corporation
Scope:Engineering and detailed design
Date:2013 - ongoing