While assembling the facts of major projects to include in our 2011 Annual Review, it was clear that several of our most prominent current assignments were innovative and in fact unique.
The Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) has developed one of the largest initial-build coal-export terminals in the world, employing modern loading techniques and the largest reclaimers ever built.
NCIG serves several coal producers including BHP Billiton, Centennial Coal, Donaldson Coal, Peabody Energy, Felix Resources (Yanzhou) Coal; and Whitehaven Coal. The project includes development of the Hunter River for shipping channels and berths, a rail loop, dump stations, stockyards, stacker reclaimers and wharf facilities on the
In the development of two important metals projects, Hatch concluded that for the key projects to be successful, the application of innovative construction strategies would be required.
In the first instance, Xstrata’s Koniambo Nickel project in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, in the Pacific Ocean, 1,100 kilometres east of Townsville, Australia, needed innovative ideas, great engineering design,
and flawless construction.
The Koniambo Nickel site in New Caledonia is an unparalleled nickel resource, but its remote location called for ground-breaking construction solutions. Getting equipment, commodities and construction teams onto the island in the scale required for the $3.5-billion Koniambo facility would be a major undertaking.
The metallurgical plant was designed in sections by the Hatch–Technip team in Kuala Lumpur. Several modules, 50 metres high and weighing 3,500 tonnes, were manufactured and assembled in China, then placed on
ships that delivered the modules to New Caledonia.
Specialized equipment was used to ensure the safe transfer of the giant pieces onto land and into their final positions.
In the Caribbean, Hatch received the first of four of the heaviest autoclaves (pressure vessels) ever constructed for a gold pressure oxidation project. They were destined for the Pueblo Viejo refractory gold-ore treatment plant in the central highlands of the Dominican Republic.
The four Barrick Gold autoclaves are the largest pressure vessels by fabricated weight of their kind to date in the gold industry. They were designed by Hatch, fabricated in Malaysia under management by a full-time Hatch team,
and delivered to the Dominican Republic.
Sasol, the South African energy and chemicals company, has appointed Hatch as one of its two preferred Licensor’s Engineering Contractors for the Sasol® Fixed Bed, Dry Bottom™ Gasification technology for an initial term of
10 years. Hatch covers the upstream aspects of the technology — coal delivery, proprietary gasification equipment
and ash handling.