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FQML RNO Shoemaker Levy

First Quantum Minerals Limited
Raventhorpe, WA
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Project Overview

date completed
October 2021

RNO is in the Esperance region of Western Australia, approximately 550km south-east of the State capital Perth. RNO commenced a restart process in readiness for early 2020. Investment is undertaken at RNO to expand into a second stage nickel laterite deposit, known as Shoemaker-Levy. This major expansion will give RNO a long-term life of approximately 30 years. First, Quantum acquired 100% of Ravensthorpe - then a decommissioned mine - in 2010. FQM made significant improvements to the process and facilities and shipped the first concentrate exports in November 2011. FQM put the mine on care and maintenance in 2017 due to persistently low nickel prices. In early 2020, the mine was restarted to create over 350 new jobs.

Ongoing annual production from RNO is targeted at approximately 30,000 tonnes of contained nickel.

Client Overview

First Quantum is a global copper company, who produce copper in the form of concentrate, cathode and anode, and have nickel, gold, and cobalt inventories. They operate long-life mines in several countries and employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide.

After 25 years of operations, First Quantum are now one of the world’s top 10 copper producers, exporting millions of tonnes of concentrate from multiple countries to customers worldwide.

Scope of Work

SIMPEC’s scope of work for this contract includes installation of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) works along with Structural & Mechanical Installation to handover to the client’s commissioning team.

Electrical/Instrumentation works include:

Supply, installation and testing of all E&I work in the SML 10km Overland conveyor. Crusher, sizer, drive stations, shuttle conveyor, transfer station, and existing plant modifications. Cable infrastructure raceways, cabling, terminations, electrical and instrument devices.

  • Lighting & small power site-wide;
  • 10km of 33kV power line erection;
  • HV cable installation, termination and testing;
  • Substation installation.

Structural/Mechanical works include:

  • Conveyor Head-End completion of structural & mechanical works.
  • Conveyor drive stations.
  • Installation of conveyor trusses, idler frames & rollers.
  • Modification and optimisation work for the client team.
  • Installation of mechanical devices & chutes.

This contract was established due to SIMPEC’s unwavering focus on ensuring our customer needs are met and our teams work safely each and every day.

Key Facts

  • Cable Ladder Install, 7140 m
  • Cable Install, 96,218 m
  • Cable Terminations, 3200 ea.
  • E&I devises Install, 1155 ea.
  • Structural Steel Erection, 164 Ton.
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