Lycopodium – in conjunction with USA-based technology provider, C&I Engineering – provided the Engineering Design and Construction Management services for a new 7.4tpd hydrogen sulphide plant at BHP’s Nickel West site in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Lycopodium’s role included engineering of the balance of the processes i.e. natural gas, cooling water, steam reticulation, condensate recovery, sulfur storage, hydrogen sulphide gas distribution as well as detailed engineering (mechanical, electrical, controls, civil and structural) and the layout of the core plant. Whilst piping on the plant was of relatively small diameters, it had to be steam jacketed in order to transport molten sulfur. As a result, the pipework required detailed design and review for thermal stresses.
Lycopodium was further involved in construction management, pre-commissioning and process commissioning assisted by C&I Engineering.