Process Plants
Conceptual Design & Feasibility Studies

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Ausenco has successfully completed studies for clients all around the world. These include initial concept studies, pre-feasibility studies suitable for preliminary financial assessment to allow ‘go/no-go’ type decisions, and definitive studies used for assisting in the procurement of project financing. 

Studies completed by Ausenco have involved all project areas extending to geology, mining, infrastructure and financial modelling, some of which have been undertaken by suitably qualified sub-consultants, with Ausenco responsible for overall study management and coordination. Ausenco’s low-cost projects are the result not only of low-cost execution strategies, but also of clearly defined objectives, innovative design, and a global experienced team using common processes and systems.

Ausenco has extensive experience with minerals processing plants in the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. From hot, wet tropical locations to dry, cold high-altitude sites, we have designed efficient plants for the most difficult climates. 

From the start, we examine the flowsheet closely to confirm the process design, challenging assumptions to ensure it is optimised. We perform trade-off studies to select the best equipment for the duty and risk mitigation. Our procurement experts have worldwide reach to source the most cost-effective bulks and equipment supply.

With the process design confirmed, we focus on reducing bulk materials and labour costs by:

  • Leveraging natural contours to minimise overall earthworks volumes
  • Compacting the layout footprint to use less steel, concrete, piping and cable 
  • Minimising the height of all structures  
  • Questioning support infrastructure to ensure it is the minimum required for safe, reliable operation
  • Challenging the need for expensive enclosed process buildings and associated overhead cranage requirements
  • Fit-for-purpose design to match the resource.

Our engineers and project managers track and manage bulk quantities across the design process. 

We offer high-level process engineering expertise, management of feasibility studies, and complete services through trusted alliances and joint ventures. We also have extensive experience in delivering large EPC and EPCM projects, and have the ability, knowledge and expertise to manage our clients’ projects. 

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