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Long-term support and performance enhancements

Long-term support and performance enhancements

Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) | Canada | 50 years

50 years

on-site engineering support

3%

in capital savings in 2013

20%

in capital and operating cost avoidance

Challenges

  • As many as 80 in-plant projects simultaneously for RTFT, ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars in CAPEX.
  • The company's on-site engineering team was significantly reduced between 2013 and 2015
  • There was a real need to deliver projects with the same high quality and efficiency, with far fewer people to carry out the work.
  • Any cost savings we identified had to be implemented in a context of increased safety and environmental requirements.

Solutions

  • RTFT and Hatch stay closely connected and aligned to the business drivers at all levels of our respective organizations.
  • We continuously maintain an on-site presence with strong team continuity. This ensures an in-depth knowledge of the plant and a rapid, efficient response to evolving needs.
  • Our combined teams use tools like the total cost of ownership program, with annual objectives and performance criteria for projects related to regular plant operations.
  • We identify ways to reduce the total installed cost for each project. Alternative designs and solutions; reduced scope; alternative fabrication materials; and optimized schedules can all produce savings.

Highlights

  • A relentless focus on safety, innovation, and value optimization.
  • In 2013, we proposed 49 ideas, 22 of which were implemented, saving from C$4,000 to C$350,000 per project–nearly 3% capital savings for the year.
  • We further contribute to operating-cost savings and cost-avoidance ideas which, once implemented, typically save 20% over the annual capital plan.
  • Working together, we and RTFT continuously challenged our teams to find new ways of further reducing operating costs and minimizing – even avoiding – capital spending.

Project numbers

C$4,000 to C$350,000 per project in economic benefits
49 ideas, 22 of which were implemented in 2013
40-120 staff dedicated to operations

Services & technologies provided

Engineering

Titanium dioxide & Titanium


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