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Kalgoorlie nickel smelter furnace rebuild (KNS) project and Kalgoorlie nickel smelter expansion (KNE) project

French, Rebecca Suzanne (2008) Kalgoorlie nickel smelter furnace rebuild (KNS) project and Kalgoorlie nickel smelter expansion (KNE) project. Internship Report, Murdoch University.


The Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter (KNS) Furnace Rebuild Project and the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter Expansion (KSE) Project are both conducted by the contractor Fluor Australia Pty Ltd for the client BHP Billiton Nickel West. The Nickel Smelter is located on a brown-fields site situated 12 km from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [1].

The engineering internship is a minimum 16 week full-time work placement with an industrial partner conducted as an alternative pathway to an engineering thesis for final year engineering students at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the internship is to provide the engineering student with experience to the world of engineering practice through a period of workplace employment. This internship fits in closely with the Industrial Computer Systems major of Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Engineering degree.

This report details the work performed during a 19 week internship placement with the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) contractor Fluor Australia Pty Ltd. The report features the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter process description, including the primary plant sections and interrelated processes employed to smelt and convert the main input of nickel in concentrate to produce the final product of nickel in matte. In particular, the matte granulation process and the differences between the original and proposed upgraded process are discussed. The design, instrumentation and control systems work completed for the addition of new equipment and instrumentation for the matte granulation system upgrade of the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter (KNS) Expansion (KSE) project is addressed. The future work required to be completed as a continuation of the work performed during the internship placement is presented.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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