Transfer Chute Change | Citic Pacific | Sino Cape Preston Port - Primero Group
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Transfer Chute Change | Citic Pacific | Sino Cape Preston Port

The site was located at Cape Preston in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, on the coast approximately 100km south west from Karratha.

The aim of the Project was to improve the Port’s operation load-out from 4,000tphr to 8,000tphr.
In early September, Primero Group was awarded the site construction works for the chute change-out at two major material handling transfer stations at the Port’s Operation.
The shutdown works, starting on 1 October 2015, involved the dismantle of the existing chutes at STS3 and STS4, followed by the installation of two new chutes and associated components. In parallel with the install, existing conveyor head pulleys and drive trains were relocated and re-aligned.
Keys shutdown statistics and milstones:
• Incident free
• 8 days and 8 nights with 8,200 direct man-hours
• Handover to operations after 16 shifts as planned
• All KPI’s met – HSE, quality and budget

“A successful Project shutdown such as what was executed by the Primero team at Cape Preston can be broken down into two halves – 1) the intense 3 week pre-planning period prior to the start of the shut; and 2) the 8 days of around the clock hard work by the site team. A great team effort culminating in a handover finishing on time without compromise to safety, quality and budget”

Dean Ercegovic – Director of Operations, Primero Group.