Ausenco was selected by the client to perform a complete range of services, from design through start-up support, for the world’s first commercial nickel laterite slurry pipeline system.
The pipeline system is designed to transport 7.2 million tonnes per year (Mt/y) of laterite ore from the Ambatovy mine site to terminal facilities at Toamasina (Tamatave) in Madagascar.
The system design includes:
Ausenco’s control systems group also added the following:
In 2011, Ausenco successfully completed commissioning and start-up of the pipeline – the first nickel laterite slurry pipeline in the world.
After the project was successfully in operation for approximately one year, Ausenco was retained again to provide performance testing and further training for operations safety, efficiency and maintenance.