Project: Kalgoorlie Nickel Project
Project Duration: 2007-2009
Project Value: $1.4Bn
In 2007, LogiKal was commissioned to implement a Project Management Office to increase the level of controls and discipline in the running of a large scale Nickel Laterite feasibility study.
Key Project Features:
The Project was a complex Feasibility study for a large Nickel Laterite Deposit north of Kalgoorlie. The total project budget was in the Region of $1.4Bn and would have become one of WA’s largest Nickel operations. The total combined resource base of the KNP is an estimate of 744.0 million tonne with grading approximately 0.73% nickel and 0.044% cobalt.
The project team comprised a global group of Vale personal plus external consultants. The project team was led from Perth but key members were spread across offices in Kalgoorlie, Brisbane, Canada and Brazil.
Logistically, communicating across this team was very challenging and the role of project controls was critical in holding team members to account.
In July 2009 following successful completion of the Feasibility Study on time and within budget constraints, Vale chose not to proceed with the Project.
Develop concept for how the PMO would be structured and run.
Develop a program for the entire Feasibility study. The process involved engaging with all members of the team and external consultants to create an integrated process flow.
This process successfully increased awareness of interdependencies between the technical streams and created a better understanding of the project critical path, risks and opportunities.
Staffed the PMO controlling and reporting on costs, schedule risk, performance and providing weekly and monthly reporting.
LogiKal’s role was to chair progress meetings and teleconferences to resolve progress issues. LogiKal also facilitated workshops to look at the overall schedule duration and the sequencing of activities and challenging the inter-dependencies between works stream to keep the project on schedule.