SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has won three new asset management business contracts in the South America market, continuing to support major copper producers with their mining operations in Chile.
The world’s largest copper producer awarded two contracts to SMEC recently. The initial contract is a five-year asset maintenance framework contract where SMEC will support one of the client’s mine sites in the north of Chile. The scope of work comprises a series of services ranging from maintenance strategies, maintenance plans development, maintainability studies and maintenance process improvements for one of the large concentrator plants.
In the second contract, SMEC will review and optimise the maintenance plans for the copper stripping machines at the client’s largest producing mine site over a four-month period. SMEC is currently assisting at seven of the client’s nine Chilean operations.
In another win, SMEC has secured a three-month contract to support a leading copper producer at its open cut mine in northern Chile. The scope of work includes long, medium and short-term planning activities for a concentrator plant. The key deliverables include planning and related activities, such as inventory requirements, analysis and contractor support. SMEC is delighted to continue its relationship with this client since its successful completion of a maintenance strategy optimisation programme.
SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has won three asset management contracts in Australia.
A. The Asset Management team secured a fifth project with Flinders Ports following the successful delivery of four projects. The new scope covers Mobile Plant Asset Maintenance Work Instructions and Schedules, where SMEC will evaluate the maintenance strategy of mobile assets at the client’s Townsville Bulk Storage and Handling facility.
B. The Asset Management team will also conduct a physical plant audit and optimise the integrity of plant master data at a Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company – its first contract with this firm. SMEC will improve the integrity of plant master data, and support Reliability Engineers to define work strategy scope and deploy work strategies to improve performance gaps.
C. The third contract is for High Voltage (HV) Electrical Planning with one of the world’s premier suppliers of iron ore. The Asset Management team will undertake maintenance planning and scheduling of all HV electrical work associated with non-process infrastructure utilities lineyard, at the client’s mining operations in Western Australia.
SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has been awarded its second contract with a global multi-metals company. The Asset Management team will develop maintenance plans and work instructions for mobile and fixed equipment at the client’s underground zinc mine complex, located in the south-eastern region of the US. The programme of work will initially focus on three mines in Tennessee and extend to a further three mine sites in the US and Canada.
One of the largest copper-producing companies in the world has engaged SMEC in a service level agreement and a 12-month contract to provide maintenance and reliability support services at the client’s largest underground copper mine, located in Chile. SMEC, in partnership with a major consulting company, has also been granted an extension by Chile’s leading wood pulp and paper company. The extension, scheduled for completion in October 2018, consists of the maintenance process and system support at one of the client’s pulp mills.
SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has been engaged by mining company Newmont (Ghana) to provide consultancy services for Asset Management and Condition Monitoring Training. It is the Surbana Jurong Africa division’s first asset management project in West Africa.
Newmont’s Asset Management programme in West Africa has matured in recent years, evolving from a tactical approach to a strategic regional programme. Its next step is to build a sustainable Asset Management competency level. In Ghana, Newmont is seeking to close the skills and knowledge gaps coupled with applying the skills and knowledge gained by individuals in training. SMEC’s team will provide a comprehensive Asset Management Training Programme to Newmont’s technical employees in Ghana, with courses covering Reliability Engineering, Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Planning. Training will be carried out at Newmont’s Ahafo and Akyem mines.
SMEC’s scope of work also includes assessing site conditions and maturity, testing competency frameworks against job descriptions, and developing a mentorship model. The project, which has a duration of 18 months, will see SMEC provide a collaborative training approach, using a mix of standard material and customised solutions to match the operating maturity of Newmont.
A Chile-based mining group has engaged SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, to develop maintenance plans for its copper facility, located 3,000 m above sea level in the northern region of Chile. This makes it the Asset Management team’s fifth consecutive South American contract in five months.
SMEC will develop and update the structural integrity maintenance plans for the crushing area comprising the primary, secondary and tertiary crushers, solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX-EW) plant, mineral transport systems and tailings.
The scope of work includes the generation of a new structural maintenance strategy for equipment, development of individual plans, and the adjustment of all bill of materials (BOMs) to be integrated into the company’s enterprise resource planning system (SAP). In addition, SMEC will issue recommendations for non-destructive testing (NDT) and the updating of predictive techniques, including thermography, ultrasound and vibrations.
Ronald Galisky,President of SMEC’s Asset Management operations in the Americas, stated, “The four-month project reinforces our long-term relationship with this mining group, and expands our service offering to other clients.”