Location

Western Australia, Australia

Client

Worley Parsons

Project

Karara Iron Ore Project

Overview

The Karara Iron Ore Project (KIOP) is Gindalbie Metals’ cornerstone project, valued at A$1.8bn to develop the mine and processing plant facilities, including all related infrastructure such as accommodation camps, airstrip, power, water, rail and port facilities.

Project Purpose

WorleyParsons has been engaged as Project Management Contractor (PMC) for the development of KIOP. A PMC structure gives WorleyParsons the ability to source and select groups with the best expertise for individual areas of work for the engineering, design and construction phases of the mine and infrastructure. A Bank Feasibility Study (BFS) to upgrade Horizon Power’s infrastructure East Pilbara long transmission line and 4 or 5 substations for Worley Parsons as the EPCM provider.

blueVisions’ Role

  • Develop project plans for the various phases of the project life-cycle; including Feasibility Studies, Bankable Feasibility, FEED and Execution.
  • Understand the different reporting requirements for EPCM, EPC and PMC delivery methods.
  • Develop Project Controls Plan for use during project delivery.
  • Develop Level 1 to 4 master schedules for execution phase; including Approvals, Design, Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning.
  • · Prioritise Procurement Packages for tender request, based on the construction schedule and the lead-time for procurement, including fabrication.
  • Integrate, monitor and report engineering deliverables, ensuring that they are providing positive impact on critical (long-lead) procurement items.
  • Resource-load the project plans, integrating the estimate including Budget ($), Labour Hours and Material Quantities.
  • · Integrate the master schedule and the cost control systems as necessary for Earned Value reporting.
  • Develop ad hoc reports as required.
  • Monitor and measure progress, reporting progress against planned for earned value analysis.
  • Analyse and monitor progress reports issued by various contractors.
  • Identify strategies and options to mitigate any delays to the master schedule.
  • Perform a Risk Analysis, including a Pertmaster Monte Carlo analysis, of the master program; identifying risk mitigating opportunities.
  • Develop Forecast to Complete (FTC) analysis reports

Challenges

Manage the delivery of the full project scope through the setting up of a PMC team, including engineering leadership, project services, project controls, document controls and commercial services.

Outcomes

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the importance in structuring master schedules for asset capitalisation purposes.
  • Extensive prior knowledge of the mining sector and delivery at EPCM, PMC and Contractor levels.
  • Understand the reporting requirements, without the need to “reinvent the wheel”