Sedgman assisted the Red Mountain Infrastructure Joint Venture through the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) commissioning process, implementing rectification and optimisation activities to achieve the designed 1,000 t/h facility throughput.
We have operated the plant since 2007 conducting multiple improvement projects. Red Mountain CHPP processes both coking and pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal provided from two mine sources, Poitrel Mine (BMC) and Millennium Mine (Peabody Energy), bound predominantly for export. The facility utilises a joint venture structure to facilitate the toll treatment of coal on behalf of the two joint venture partners.
Annual production from the facility now exceeds 8.1 million CHPP feed tonnes. Product coal is stacked onto six stockpiles and reclaimed to the train load-out system using reclaim valves and a reclaim tunnel. Sedgman initiated the first full scale trial testing in a production environment of the reflux classifier at this plant in 2010.
The Sedgman Red Mountain operating team remains LTI-free since the CHPP commissioning and rectification process in 2007. Red Mountain is an excellent example of class leading performance in the core areas of productivity, safety and operating cost. The facility annual run hours almost surpassed the industry aspirational target of 8000 hours per annum at an average throughput rate in excess of the facility nameplate capacity.