RJR’s involvement in Iluka’s new JAA mine began in 2007 during the Definitive Feasibility Study providing practical engineering design and tailored capital estimates for specific plant areas of the Wet Concentrator Plant, including life of mine field pumping scenarios for the transfer of Mine Head Feed, Process Water and Modified Co-disposed tailings.
It was identified early in the study that the physical separation of the Jacinth and Ambrosia Ore bodies coupled with diesel generated power presented some difficult challenges not normally encountered in typical Mineral Sands broad acre deposits. RJR’s methodical and innovative approach ensured that these challenges were met enabling a solid platform and responsible project budget before the execution of the detailed design phase, in which RJR were allocated the Structural, Mechanical, Pumping and Piping scope of works for the process plants.
Tailored pipeline design and efficient pump motor selections were deemed critical to ensuring an economic balance between capital and operating costs were maintained.
Specialised equipment, such as; skiddable field pumping stations, a robust Process Water Pumping Station and Circular Plant water Bin coupled with a lightweight WCP Pipe gantry were some of the innovations RJR contributed to the project.
The result of RJR’s innovative design, methodical approach and dedication to excellent outcomes is a very successful project delivered on time and on budget.