SNC-Lavalin & Hatch win Award for Rio Tinto Alcan Project

2014 Project of the Year

SNC-Lavalin & Hatch win Award for Rio Tinto Alcan Project

Rio Tinto Alcan, SNC-Lavalin, and Hatch received the coveted Project of the Year award at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Awards Gala 2014. The PMI Professional Awards honor organizations and individuals whose passion, talent and expertise make the greatest contributions to the project management profession.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 16/12/2014)
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AP 60 Phase 1 is Rio Tinto Alcan’s new aluminum plant located in Quebec, Canada.

AP60 Phase 1 is a new aluminum plant located in Jonquiere (QC), Canada, 464 km northeast of Montreal. The plant was designed to test Rio Tinto Alcan’s proprietary AP60 smelting technology at an industrial scale. The project is the first-of-its-kind in the world and the first step in Rio Tinto Alcan’s planned investment program in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Rio Tinto Alcan’s goal was clear from the start — to safely deliver an industrial plant to demonstrate AP60 technology with minimal capital expenditure and a realistic schedule. The CAD 1.3 billion project was completed within the budget and one month ahead of schedule. It also set a world-class standard for HSE that was implemented as the benchmark by Rio Tinto Alcan and the construction industry in Quebec, which had suffered from extremely high Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR). The project finished with an injury rate 99 % lower than the local average. “Building an aluminum plant to operate the most advanced technology in the world was an enormous, and exciting, challenge,” said Hatch’s André Noël, AP60 Project Manager. “In the midst of the global financial crisis, the team was challenged with the task of reducing the project costs to an acceptable level without impacting net present value. An exhaustive value-improvement exercise resulted in savings of about CAD 280 million in capital expenditure without compromising operating costs.” “We set a new standard for health and safety performance in the Quebec construction industry with the AP60 project,” said Marc O’Connor, Vice-President Projects, North America, Mining and Metallurgy, SNC-Lavalin. “Many of the health and safety programs, procedures and tools developed as part of this project, are the precursors to tools being used on projects today.”

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