Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) was expanding its iron ore concentrator and pellet plant at Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. The expansion involved a series of coordinated mine-to-port projects designed to grow the facility from 18 million tons per annum (MTPA) of concentrate production to 26 MTPA, with a corresponding increase in pellet production.
The Concentrate Expansion Project Phase 2 (CEP2) was the second of three stages in the expansion program, which increased IOC’s annual concentration capacity from 22 to 23.3 MTPA. A 10-megawatt ball mill was installed in a new building, complete with all associated auxiliary equipment and infrastructure to operate the plant. CEP2 also involved an extension of a 46-kV substation and the installation of a new agitated slurry storage tank near the pellet plant. Bechtel provided EPCM services for this project, and in 2011, Bantrel Constructors Co. (BCC) began supporting Bechtel to supply and complete the installation of concrete on a direct hire basis.
The BCC scope of work included excavation of over 6,000 cubic meters of material, backfill of over 3,700 cubic meters of material, installation of 28 tons of anchor bolts and embedded steel, and installation over 5,200 cubic meters of concrete, including associated rebar and form work.
Due to its location within the existing facility, BCC had to execute the CEP2 concrete scope in a Brownfield environment. Great care and coordination were used to minimize any impact on the existing facility and other subcontractors on site.
The construction team peaked in September 2011 and completed the job in May 2012.