Role: Lead production performance breakthrough

Scope of work: Co-design leadership focus, maintenance and operation teams collaboration to design and activate new systems of working

Grit supported a copper smelter and refinery to deliver a Breakthrough Project with the aim to improve Nickel Evaporator Performance and increase Refinery window for taking in anodes with high Ni content.

A Maintenance Blitz and regular preventative maintenance practices, coupled with operator routines to drive operating discipline were designed and activated to ensure the asset operates in stability. As a result, the window for charging high Nickel concentrate and reverts  increased. Crude Nickel Sulfate Production increased to 27 dmt per month from an average of 20 dmt, Nickel quality improved to 19-20% from 17% average, and evaporator availability significantly increased to 70% from 45%.