Over the past few months, PJL Group was involved in the Newcrest Mining Sealink Project, at Blayney NSW. This project saw the extensive upgrade of Newcrest’s old facility in Blayney to a new facility on the Sealink rail connection. The close proximity to the rail connection enabled fast and efficient links to ports and transport hubs.
The upgrade involved the design and construction of 2 large, and 2 smaller steel tanks. The large tanks are over 13m in height and have a storage capacity of over 120,000 litres of concentrate. This additional storage capacity will enable additional throughput of ore to China and increases the overall growth capacity of Newcrest.
Phil Wilkin oversaw the project, and Justin Cross, who is an expert in the field of tank building and construction, was also employed to run the project on the ground level.
“Justin ran the project for around 2 months. After he left, I finished off the running of the project through what I had learnt from Justin in that time.” Project Manager, Phil Wilkin said.
The project itself presented a challenge for the PJL Group, as work of this scale and nature had not previously been undertaken. But true to form, the team quickly adapted to the requirements and delivered four painted and complete tanks set up at the Blayney Sealink site.
“At the stage of contract award, we had been exposed to smaller tanks of this nature, but not of this size and with such a challenging timeframe. PJL overcame the unknown and delivered the project as the client required.” Phil continued to say.
Following the success in delivery of the tanks, and through our quality and dedication of our people, PJL Group, have since been awarded further work packages on the Sealink site. This is likely to keep Phil and his crew busy for a further 2 to 3 months.