Authors: Laszlo Tikasz, Robert Baxter, Jacques Caissy, Allan Garbutt, Robert McCulloch, and Fred Frost
Over the years there have been significant enhancements to aluminium smelter configurations by applying LEAN methods to identify and eliminate waste and to reduce the potential for an accident. Most enhancements to the plant layout have been driven by opportunities identified through the Aluminium Center of Excellence 5-step LEAN methodology, with many of the opportunities underpinned by discrete event modelling and 3D models.
This methodology has been widely applied to smelter configurations that helped differentiate Bechtel, win projects and deliver lasting value for our customers. In this paper, selected examples on recent smelter studies and FEED reports and publications are presented.
Examples from potroom erection, cathode re-lining facility throughput scaling and alumina handling at port and transportation to smelter are discussed.
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