Innovating delivery methods

Fully assembled thickeners on their way to site via barges.

Fully assembled thickeners on their way to site via barges.

FLSmidth loaded fully assembled thickeners onto barges and then shipped them across the Atlantic Ocean directly to the site. This unique approach to supply and delivery saved on installation time and on-site assembly costs.

In the 33 years I’ve been in this industry, this project was the most difficult, but also the most rewarding one I’ve been involved with.
— Ian Gordon FLSmidth Project Director— Construction Projects for FLSmidth

In August of 2012, FLSmidth loaded three fully assembled thickeners onto barges at Modular Fabrications Chatham Wharf facility in New Brunswick, Canada, which were then shipped across the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Long Harbor Processing Plant for Vale. The scope of the project included a total of 13 thickeners shipped: 11 completely assembled, 2 partially assembled. This unique approach to supplying equipment to the customer saves installation time, as all the welding and assembling is finished when the equipment arrives on site.

Before that moment could arrive, FLSmidth dedicated a year of engineering and preparation to the project. Every order FLSmidth receives is evaluated to determine the appropriate amount of preparation time needed in order to complete the order in a time that is satisfactory to the customer and will also allow the company to fully meet all its needs. From that point, FLSmidth works with the customer to plan a construction and installation schedule that will bring the project to fruition.

During manufacturing and assembly on the Long Harbor project, the harsh winter weather of the area made work difficult at some points. During a day with particular high winds and bad weather, severe damage was incurred to a tank and building surrounding the tank used for rubber lining. However, due to the quick actions of the on-site team, repairs were completed.

An ongoing commitment of FLSmidth is to include local communities in the projects taking place in their areas. In the instance of the Vale Long Harbor project, which took place in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, 90 local people were employed for more than a year on the project. By Vale’s estimation, the completed processing plant is expected to generate approximately 5,759 person years of employment.

Ian Gordon, FLSmidth Project Director—Construction Projects, has reported that the plant is set to begin testing this summer, and will be fully operational by the end of 2013. Having been involved with this project from the beginning, Gordon said, “In the 33 years I’ve been in this industry, this project was the most difficult, but also the most rewarding one I’ve been involved with.” The client has stated that they are highly impressed with the quality of work that FLSmidth supplied on this project.

The Long Harbor project is a prime example of the time commitment FLSmidth is willing to make to ensure that customer's needs are met to the highest level of satisfaction. While some projects can take a number of years from start to finish, FLSmidth is there every step of the way, exceeding expectations.

CONTACT: Ian Gordon