PT Borneo selects Black & Veatch to develop alumina refinery project

7 October 2019 (Last Updated October 7th, 2019 10:55)

PT Borneo Alumina has selected a Black & Veatch-led project management consortium (PMC) to develop an alumina processing facility in Indonesia.

PT Borneo selects Black & Veatch to develop alumina refinery project
The West Kalimantan facility will feature a 1Mtpa smelter-grade alumina refinery. Credit: Nbritton.

PT Borneo Alumina has selected a Black & Veatch-led project management consortium (PMC) to develop an alumina processing facility in Indonesia.

Set to be the first of its kind in Indonesia, the processing facility would be located in the West Kalimantan province.

It will feature a one million tonne per annum (Mtpa) smelter-grade alumina refinery and a 2×40,000 normal cubic metre per hour (Nm3/hr) coal gasification plant.

The facility will also comprise a 3×25 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant.

Black & Veatch Mining senior vice-president Jim Spenceley said: “Developing the downstream mineral processing industry will expand the Indonesian economy and create jobs.

“Black & Veatch is ready to leverage our global expertise across business units to support as PMC overseeing our client’s Chinese Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor to ensure that the client realises the quality, safety and value they are seeking.”

Black & Veatch will lead the consortium and will be responsible for the design review and equipment inspections. It will also provide power and coal gasification subject matter expertise for the refinery.

Other partners in the consortium are Canada-based minerals industry engineering company Progesys and Indonesian construction management company Jaya CM.

Progesys will manage the alumina refinery process design scope, while Jaya CM will provide site construction engineers and inspectors for the project.

PWC will be responsible for evaluating engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids, as well as reviewing design engineering.

According to Black & Veatch, the consortium will also monitor major equipment supply and conduct factory acceptance tests, as well as oversee site construction and commissioning.