In March 2003, Built Environs completed the $28 million Uranium Process Plant mechanical installation works package for Western Mining Corporation (WMC), replacing an earlier badly fire-damaged plant.
This complex mechanical installation was made all the more challenging by a compressed fast-track program and a range of responsibilities for supply of materials.
The design continued to evolve as construction progressed, requiring extraordinary site management and supervision, quality control and administration.
The project included installation of 24 km of small bore to 700 mm pipework in a range of high performance materials, as well as mechanical services, underground drainage and scuttle lines.
When the installation works were completed, key Built Environs staff and employees remained on the project through to the successful commissioning of the plant.
The works were safely carried out within the operational plant, in a radioactive environment and among open ponds of volatile kerosene and other process liquors.
The Built Environs engineering capability that delivered this project is now provided by the South Australian engineering office of parent company McConnell Dowell, offering clients access to both the expertise of the former Built Environs engineering teams and the international experience of McConnell Dowell.
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