INNOVATION IN MINING AND METALS
Re-establishment of the Fenix Ferronickel Production Facility
The goal of the Fenix project in Izabal, Guatemala, was to refurbish and upgrade
a 1970s-era nickel mine and nickel matte processing plant to allow low-cost
ferronickel production. This entailed modifying the process plant, changing the
fuel source from oil to coal, upgrading existing and installing new equipment
and environmental systems, and upgrading regional infrastructure.
Estimated at $750 million, the project encountered obstacles and opposition
requiring major modifications. Using the PlantSpace and Hatch work-sharing
methodology allowed the project team to work in several Hatch offices as well
as with specialized subcontractors. Layouts, critical tie-in points, and material
takeoffs were reviewed in weekly 3D design reviews until the project was
suspended in late 2008.
Sustainability Challenge of Moving 10000000m3 of Earthworks
Canaa dos Carajas, Brazil
When two projects near Canaa dos Carajas, Brazil, resulted in 10 million cubic
meters of earthwork, Hatch was challenged to minimize the environmental
impacts in the project region. The project team developed several studies to
observe the client’s sustainability guidelines.
Using the InRoads suite, the team defined the best platform position, adopting
as a rule the best natural profile of the land. Bentley solutions optimized
infrastructure work efficiency for both projects.