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.
Gritrapidresults™ GRR™ approach was deployed to assist in the co-design of leadership focus, and the maintenance and operation teams collaboration to design and activate new systems of work to deliver a breakthrough in production performance. During discovery and define stages given the assets condition, a maintenance blitz and review of regular preventative maintenance practices and operator rounds was undertaken. New operator routines were co-designed to drive operating discipline and activated to achieve asset operational stability and build people capability. 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%.