LOCATION: Dubbo, New South Wales
PRODUCT: XLERPLATE® steel & LYSAGHT® steel
When the first gold bar is poured at the new Tomingley Gold Mine in early 2014, it will signify the completion of another successful project for BlueScope Distribution Dubbo customer, Interquip Construction.
The mine, owned by Alkane Resources and located near Tomingley, 50km south- west of Dubbo, is a $116 million undertaking that is projected to yield about 400,000 to 500,000 ounces of gold over its target life of up to 10 years.
Interquip Construction was contracted to provide the site-erected tanks as well as the structural, mechanical and piping construction for the project.
Founded in 1996, Interquip specialises in providing complete construction and supply solutions for mining industry clients and have successfully delivered projects for some of Australia’s leading mining companies including Millennium Minerals, Galaxy Resources, and Kentor Gold.
As with many mine developments, the Tomingley project has taken some years to reach fruition. While initial exploration of the site was undertaken by Alkane Resources in 2001, construction on the site did not commence until January 2013.
What followed was an intense 12 months for Interquip and other key contractors until the construction phase of the project was signed off on 22 January 2014.
“It has certainly been busy year,” said Jeff Butterfield, Interquip’s Logistics Co-ordinator for the Tomingley Project.
“The mine construction business can be challenging where deadlines and conditions change on a daily basis. We pride ourselves on keeping our projects on track and hitting our deadlines and we look for suppliers that can support us in achieving that.”
It was the ability to support Interquip in achieving the project deadlines that saw them turn to BlueScope Distribution Dubbo to provide a wide array of steel pipes and accessories.
“When we were looking for a supplier we considered a number of proposals,” said Jeff. “Having worked successfully with BlueScope Distribution on other projects over recent years, we weren’t surprised that they were able to offer the most comprehensive product supply and service package.”
“We understood up front that not everything we needed would necessarily be in stock at Dubbo, however BlueScope Distribution was able to show us how they could quickly draw on stock from their national network of sites when needed,” Jeff said.
However, keeping a complex mine construction project supplied with all the materials at the right time was not just an issue of sitting back and waiting for the orders to come in.
Explained Andrew Smith, BlueScope’s Business Development Manager, “Right from the start I kept in close contact with Jeff both by phone and with regular site meetings to ensure that we were always up to date with where the project was at and what the upcoming material needs were.
“Working closely with Jeff and the Interquip site team ensured we all understood precisely when material was needed and I worked with the local BlueScope Pipeline Supplies team to ensure the deliveries were in full and on time. Just like any BlueScope customer order, it was a team effort.”
Over the course of the project BlueScope supplied Interquip Construction with XLERPLATE® steel plate, mesh, painted and galvanised commercial pipes and large diameter ERW pipes.
Complementing these steel products, BlueScope also provided a multitude of pipe fittings including T’s, unions, flanges, gaskets, sockets, elbows and assorted stainless steel fittings ranging in size from 15mm to 350mm.
Rounding out the complete steel supply package was the provision of a selection of LYSAGHT® steel roofing, walling and water products for the construction of the all important “Gold Room” where the final ingots are cast.
To celebrate the completion of the construction project, BlueScope Distribution and Interquip held an on-site BBQ to acknowledge the successful partnership and the efforts of all the workers on-site.
“I can’t give Andrew Smith and the BlueScope Distribution Dubbo team enough credit for their work on this project,” said Jeff.
“There were a number of times when we could have been caught short, or there could have been a drama, but BlueScope Distribution came through for us every time.”
For more information about Interquip Construction visit www.interquip.com.au
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