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Port Pirie Transformation Project

Nyrstar - Port Pirie, South Australia

Project execution period

September 2015 - July 2016

Contract value

$30 million

Project description

Port Pirie is an integrated multi-metals recovery plant, located on the eastern shore of Spencer Gulf in South Australia, with the flexibility to process a wide range of lead-rich concentrates and smelting industry by-products. Port Pirie is one of the world’s largest primary lead smelting facilities and the third largest silver producer.

Scope of work

Monadelphous scope includes the structural, mechanical and piping installation of a new top submerged lance (TSL) furnace and associated supporting facilities.

The smelter building itself consists of an 80m tall, modularised building incorporating the smelter, product feeding facilities and the waste heat boiler.

Associated supporting facilities include:

  • Coal grinding mill and pneumatic coal dust conveying pipeline
  • Demineralised water plant
  • Large bore oxygen service pipelines
  • Compressed air and furnace air blower facilities
  • Hygiene system including electrostatic precipitator (ESP), evaporative cooling tower (ECT) fan and ducting systems

The nature of the site is brownfields with predominantly large modular installation (10 to 600T) and piping.