Mercury Treatment Plant

Project Type

Mechanical Engineering

Project Location

Karratha, WA

Project Duration

2 Years

In 2016, Contract Resources were setting up a mercury treatment plant in Gap Ridge with several vessels and tanks that required design verification. McDowall Affleck was approached to assist with design of all vessels and tanks to meet WorkSafe WA requirements. Due to WorkSafe WA standards, the detailed design and construction of the facility was managed by McDowall Affleck.

The scope of work included reviewing and updating of all engineering design; including roadworks, concrete unloading area, cross over, drainage and bulk earthworks; preparation of technical specifications in accordance to Works RFQ; management of all building permit applications to the City of Karratha in relation to infrastructure approval.


Project Challenges

Due to Contracted Resources limited knowledge of mercury treatment, the facility design did not meet requirements of WorkSafe WA for the pressure vessels and tanks and this created a significant project challenge. McDowall Affleck managed this through the Mechanical, Civil and Structural teams at McDowall Affleck assisted with the design of the facility and providing superintendence during the construction.

The real key to the value engineering on the project included utilising McDowall Affleck vast knowledge of all the different engineering divisions to provide full project management services for a new mercury treatment facility that provided the client with guidance across the whole project.