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Delivering Coal Expansion Project For Glencore

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Located in the coal region of the Hunter Valley, the new expansion project for Glencore’s Ravensworth North Coal Project is nearing operational completion.

Our teams recently delivered the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP), along with relocation of a 330kV Transgrid transmission line requiring 48 new towers plus construction of a new 66/11kV substation, relocation of a 66kV Ausgrid transmission line and various overhead and underground HV works including all 11kV site wide reticulation.

Delivered on schedule despite 4 months of regulatory delays at the start of the project, this is a significant achievement for QCC Resources and Downer.

Spanning over four years, Glenore involved QCC Resources right from the start with prefeasibility and feasibility studies completed by the team in 2009 which progressed to an alliance contract for the EPCM as well as part EPC delivery of the coal infrastructure.

Our teams were onsite for two and a half years delivering two million site hours with over 650 people onsite at the peak of construction. Importantly no lost time injuries were incurred and the project recorded a total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) of 5.7.

A major challenge in delivering the project was that it had to be constructed within an existing operational facility and was therefore governed by a wide range of constraints including a large geographical area. An interesting fact is that the project required 14 new conveyors to be designed and constructed. The total length of the new conveyor network was over 9 kilometres. In addition upgrades were required for existing conveyors which covered just under 5 kilometres bringing the total length of the entire conveyor network to an incredible13.9 kilometres.

A key factor in overcoming the challenges was the deployment of QCC Resources team members from the recently successfully completed Mangoola project. The team brought with them high levels of technical expertise and valuable onsite experience. In addition, they were assisted by teams from Downer East who delivered all of the electrical work and some of the SMP work.

I’d like to congratulate everyone who has worked on this project on a job well done.

Below is an aerial view of the Central Processing Area showing CPP Modules 2 and 3 under construction.


If you’d like more information please contact me directly on +61 2 4937 9901 or write a comment below.

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