02/21/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
Hatch and Anglo American Metallurgical Coal have launched a program management approach for Anglo American’s current major growth projects. Anglo American’s strategy is to triple coal production by 2020.
Mississauga (ON), Canada – Most coal will come from the delivery of four longwall mines in Australia’s Bowen Basin in the Moranbah region. Additional contributions will come from Canada’s Peace River region.
While each coal project could be developed in isolation, Hatch has been working with Anglo American on a program management approach where all projects are elements of a planned strategy that takes advantage of, and builds successfully on, the experience and designed-in commonality of related, prior projects.
This approach has the potential and is designed to achieve significant benefits related to cost, scheduling, project ramp-up operability, and risk management.
Hatch is currently working on several projects in the portfolio, which vary from conceptual study work, staged feasibility studies, to full EPCM services.
On February 10, 2012 Anglo American Metallurgical Coal hosted an event for the presentation of the new program in Brisbane, Australia. Over 200 people were in attendance, including Anglo American Metallurgical Coal CEO Seamus French and Joe Keane, head of projects and engineering. Hatch chairman Kurt Strobele and Hatch CEO John Bianchini were present to reinforce Hatch’s commitment to and endorsement of the program.
The strategy will include a standard longwall design and a common coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) design. Along with potential capital and schedule savings, reductions in EPCM and Owner’s team hours will also be targeted to help ease Australia’s overheated resources market.
The event also included the signing of the Grosvenor coal project contract. Hatch is providing full EPCM services for the execution phase of the USD 1.7 billion greenfield project which is designed to produce 5 million tonnes per annum from its underground longwall operation. Construction of the mine is expected to commence in 2012, with full commissioning of the longwall planned for 2016.
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