The frantic pace of the oil, gas and iron ore industry in Western Australia over past years resulted in the rapid development of both process and non-process infrastructure. While non-process infrastructure is often independent of production, it can often be strongly influenced by the primary operation of the mine or processing facility.
These structures require a unique design approach as functionality and safety orientated procedures can often guide the design pathway. Many of these structures are located in regional areas, often in cyclonic regions, in close proximity to potential blast sources (such as those within LNG process plants) or require post disaster ratings and as such require specific design skills. Infrastructure such as control buildings, warehouses, workshops, offices, fuel storage compounds, washdown pads and workshops all fall into this scope.
Having experience with some of the largest ore and oil & gas producers in Australia, Pritchard Francis is aware of the specific design requirements, formal approvals process for client review and the Level of Detail (LOD) milestones often required on these projects to comply with client and stakeholder expectations.
Additionally, in 2017 Pritchard Francis diversified its market sector services offering with the acquisition of Scope Australia. Scope is a multi-disciplinary engineering group servicing the mining and resources sector. Their work includes process plant engineering and project services (comprising multifaceted engineering studies - scoping, prefeasibility and definitive feasibility).
For more information on expanded service offerings via Scope, please visit their website for an overview of project experience: