BMA Goonyella – Dewatering Screens Project

Coming off the back of successfully completing the installation of the new Horizontal Belt Filter BF703, we were again engaged by BMA to assist with an upgrade of an existing dewatering screen to larger dual screens. The installation of these dual screens would assist operations with rectifying a bottleneck identified in Coal Preparation Plant 1 (CPP1), resulting in increased production rates.

These works require us to work alongside the existing CPP1 to install the new platform that will house the new dewatering screens and associated componentry. Our scope includes the supply and installation of the entire work package, including all structural steelwork, platework (chutes, underpans, feed boxes), a new gantry section and supporting trestle, pipework, handrail, grating, valves and the new conveyor componentry. We will be working alongside a number of our key subcontractors for these works who will be assisting with the civil works, electrical works, modifications to the existing conveyor belt, re-installation of an existing belt weigher and on-site installation of wear lined pipework.

Our team have become accustomed to carrying out complex on-site installations, with this project presenting its own challenges. To successfully complete this upgrade, we will be required to carry out a significant portion of the works during three plant shutdowns.

BMA Goonyella – Horizontal Belt Filter

Continuing our ongoing relationship, we were engaged by BMA to carry out the installation of Horizontal Belt Filter BF703 at its Goonyella mine in Central Queensland. It was our first time working back at the Goonyella mine in recent years and it was a great opportunity for our team to demonstrate our capabilities working alongside a new client team.

Our works for this project included the full turnkey package. We worked alongside BMA to assist with the procurement of key items such as pumps, drives, handrail, grating, valves, pipework and other miscellaneous componentry. We also looked after the fabrication of plate and structural steelwork packages, which were integral to the installation of the new Horizontal Belt Filter being supplied by BMA. This project once again gave us the opportunity to work alongside our trusted subcontractors for the civil, electrical and instrumentation works. Once commissioned, the upgrade would see an increase in the recovery of dry product through the mine.

The project was completed safely and on time, demonstrating our capabilities in this field and establishing our presence as a key contractor for further works at Goonyella moving forward.

Sedgman – Sonoma High Cut / Low Cut

Located 6km south of Collinsville in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, QCoal Group’s Sonoma Mine produces up to 4Mtpa of hard coking and thermal coal products. 

Our client, Sedgman, has operated the Sonoma plant since it was constructed in 2007, and were seeking support for the detailed design, engineering, procurement, and construction of the High Cut Low Cut Brownfield Upgrade of the coal handling and preparation plant. We worked with Sedgman to provide SMP civil works and a range of fabrication and protective coating services. Steel fabrication included steelwork, grating, floor plate, handrails, girts, cladding and a range of process platework. We also managed civil works carried out by one of Walz Group’s trusted subcontractors.

Mechanical works included installation of cyclones, coarse coal centrifuges, product screens, conveyor idler replacements, jib crane, and various pumps and drives.

Additional works comprised miscellaneous concreting, demolition of existing structures, and the construction of various ground slabs, suspended slabs and equipment plinths.

Sedgman – Bengalla Mine SMP and Civil Works Upgrade

We were pleased to be engaged by Sedgman to support their upgrade works for Bengalla Mining Company. The goal of the expansion was to increase mining operations from 7.8Mtpa to 10.7Mtpa, by introducing a second stage wash cycle and an additional belt press filter extension.

Our scope included the structural, mechanical, piping and civil works associated with the upgrade to the coal handling and preparation plant, and new raw coal conveyor system. We also managed the contractor for the civil works within our scope. Our work included:

  • Installation of conveyors (1,000t of structural steel)
  • Installation of mechanical equipment (chutes, cyclones, screen, sumps, pumps, conveyor mechanical)
  • Fabrication and installation of associated pipework
  • Detailed excavation and civil works required for the CHPP extension

QER – Demonstration Oil Extraction Facility

As part of exploring the potential for commercial development of their shale oil deposits, QER sought to build a small scale Technology Demonstration Plant (TDP) at its Stuart site, north of Gladstone. The design was based on another pilot plant located at Rifle, Colorado in the United States, which uses Paraho II above ground retorting technology.

The overall intent was to replicate and modify aspects of the Rifle, Colorado plant design. Once of the main differences was to include additional process units to form a complete end-to-end plant. This was primarily to ensure that the TDP would meet Australian standards in design and safety.

Our scope comprised onsite construction of all structural, mechanical, piping and electrical work, including:

  • Structural Steel – supply and installation (structural steel, conveyors)
  • Mechanical Equipment – installation (pumps, chutes, bins, vessels, conveyor mechanical)
  • Piping – fabrication and installation
  • Electrical – supply and installation

Larpro – Mt Carlton Gold Processing Plant

The Mount Carlton Gold Mine is located 150km south of Townsville and 54km southwest of Bowen. It is one of the highest-grade open pit gold mines in the world. Larpro was engaged by the mine owner, Conquest Mining, to undertake the construction and pre-commissioning of an 800,000tpa greenfield silver/gold mine and associated infrastructure. Walz was subsequently appointed by Larpro to support them on the project.

Our scope was to provide specialist structural, mechanical and piping installation, as well as piping fabrication and blasting and painting services. We also participated in pre-commissioning activities to ensure the plant achieved the required throughput before it was fully commissioned. These were critical elements for success as Conquest Mining was on a tight deadline to deliver first gold. Our work was instrumental in the achievement of all timelines and plant performance KPIs.

At project completion, we had installed 550t of structural steel, 670t of mechanical equipment, 6.3km of pipework — which we also fabricated — and a vast array of platework, including bins, chutes, hoppers and tanks.

Dedert – Wet Distillers Grain Dryer Installation

The Dalby Ethanol Plant is Australia’s first grain-to-ethanol facility. Each year the plant converts nearly 200,000 tonnes of sorghum into 76 million litres of ethanol. The product remaining after ethanol distillation — known as sillage — is separated and concentrated using centrifuge and evaporation technology to form a high energy, high protein animal feed known as wet distiller’s grain. The soluble dry matter, known as syrup, is blended with the Wet Distiller’s Grain (WDG) and sold to the local animal feed market as Wet Distiller’s Grain with Solubles (WDGS).

As part of a plant upgrade, the Dedert Corporation engaged Walz Group to construct and install a drying facility for the wet WDGS. The closed loop drying system with integrated thermal oxidizer was installed adjacent to the existing wet grain system.

Our scope incorporated all civil works, including concreting, plus the structural, mechanical and electrical installation, as well as commissioning of the drying plant. We managed specialist civil and electrical contractors who worked alongside the Walz project team to ensure a seamless delivery. The structural work included offsite fabrication in our facility in Gladstone.

After the installation of the dryer, the plant has the capacity to produce around 180,000 tonnes of WDGS a year.

Curragh – ROM Upgrade

Formerly owned by Wesfarmers Resources, the Curragh Coal Mine (now operated by Coronado Curragh Pty Ltd) is located in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, 30km north of Blackwater. The main product from the mine is metallurgical (coking) coal for export.

Wesfarmers identified a need to refurbish the run of mine (ROM) coal handling facility at Curragh, in order to accommodate increased production and potential future expansion requirements. They subsequently embarked upon a major upgrade of this essential infrastructure, to enable increased reliability and capacity, and extend the life of the facility.

Walz Group was engaged to supply and install structural, mechanical, piping and electrical works, including the onsite civil package and multiple tie-ins to existing plant. We provided an end-to-end solution, performing procurement, demolition and decommissioning of redundant infrastructure before delivering construction and erection/installation services for the material handling facility and associated infrastructure works. Our scope also included verification, and pre-commissioning as well as commissioning support. The works included:

  • Structural steel supply and installation – 650t (Structural steel, guards, pulley frames)s
  • Mechanical supply and installation – 200t (idlers, pulleys, drives, scrapers, belts)
  • Piping supply and installation – 2,000m (25NB-150NB (carbon steel / galvanised / HDPE))
  • Platework supply and installation – 160t (Chutes, liners)
  • Electrical and instrumentation (supply and installation) — managed by Walz, performed by subcontractors
  • Civil (support and installation) — managed by Walz, performed by subcontractors
  • Tie-ins to existing plant

Curragh – CPP1 Tailings Retreat Circuit

After working together successfully on previous projects, Wesfarmers Curragh Pty Ltd (WCPL) engaged Walz Group to support the installation of a new tailings retreat circuit to the Coal Preparation Plant 1 (CPP1) at its Blackwater mine in Queensland. We’ve worked at Curragh before and have gained a solid understanding of the mine’s operational requirements. For this upgrade project, we performed all structural, mechanical and piping, and electrical installation components. We outsourced the electrical works component to a trusted subcontractor. Our fabrication workshop in Gladstone produced the custom pipework, handrails, and platework for the project. Blasting and painting was also performed by Walz in our purpose built facility.

After commissioning, the upgrade increased the plant’s yield by around two percent, delivering approximately 30 tonnes per hour of additional secondary product.

The works incorporated three main areas of the tailings retreat circuit — the Eastern building, the Western building and the secondary product conveyor. A new clarified water pump was also installed to supply the additional demand from the new circuit.

Connecting to the eastern side of CPP1, the Eastern building houses the tailings cyclones, sieve bends, spirals feed sump, and the relocated spirals feed pump.

The Western building connects to a previously existing structure and incorporates the spiral banks, spirals product sump and pump, spirals product cyclone cluster, fine coal centrifuge, and the reject sump and pump.

The secondary product conveyor is fed by the centrifuge, running from the new Western building to transfer product onto the existing steaming coal conveyor.

Cement Australia – Heat Exchanger Duct Replacement

Cement Australia’s operations in Gladstone incorporate Australia’s largest cement kiln, capable of producing more than 1.6Mtpa of cement.

Early in 2017, it was identified that the heat exchanger duct between the clinker cooler and the inlet to heat exchanger no.1 (HE1) had reached the end of its life, and was significantly impacting on plant production. Cement Australia engaged Walz Group to replace the equipment to return the kiln performance to full capacity. The project required us to remove and replace the failing heat exchanger, ductwork, inlet chamber, associated supports, and specified tubes during a time critical shutdown.

We utilised our dedicated fabrication facility to manufacture all the ductwork, inlet chamber, and the associated supports and components. We also applied protective coating as required. Prior to the shutdown for the replacement works, we reinforced the plant foundation and structure to ensure it could accommodate additional loads.

Our comprehensive plant and equipment fleet was invaluable for this project, which required craneage and scaffolding to remove and replace the existing structure.