Woodlawn Mine Plant Ramp-up Services

The Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project is a high grade volcanogenic massive-sulphide (VMS) deposit located in Tarago, New South Wales, approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Canberra and 250 kilometres southwest of Sydney.

Seeking a vertically integrated design, construct and operate business model, Heron Resources engaged Primero to execute an end-to-end solution for ramp-up acceleration services at its Woodlawn Mine.

Minerals Design Fabrication Construct Commission Operate Maintenance

The Challenge

Experiencing a slow increase in production following initial commissioning, rapid plant modification, as well as an introduction of precision operating practices and leadership was needed to facilitate quick step change in recovery, grade and throughput to achieve nameplate performance.

A turnkey, seamless capability needed to:

Heron Resources were able to utilise the services of Primero in a number of areas following the commissioning of the Woodlawn processing plant. The EPC contractor had not completed commissioning to the client’s satisfaction and some design defects were becoming apparent. Primero were utilised firstly as boots on the ground to ensure plant modifications could be made quickly and effectively. This mod squad of skilled tradesmen with supervision were mobilized within 2 weeks of the first enquiry and were supported by a group of capable design engineers who were able to fast track engineering for urgently required modifications.

The Solution

Primero swiftly deployed production, plant modification (‘mod-squad’) and engineering design teams, as well as equipment and suite of construction, operations, maintenance and asset management resources to aid in the implementation of:

In addition to the mod squad, Heron took advantage of Primero’s in house technical management and supervision with the deployment of Processing Managers, Superintendents and Process Engineers / Metallurgists to bolster the Heron team through this difficult period of plant modification during ramp-up. As these resources focused on discipline, team organisation and day to day operations, offsite support focused on processing and maintenance best practice with workshops delivered to key Heron personnel to upskill them and provide support in this challenging environment. In a tremendously difficult stage of the project, Primero were able to add value by applying discreet effort in key areas and responded quickly and effectively to the clients situation.