MADAGASCAR In October, SNC-LAVALIN reached 2 million person-hours without a lost time incident at the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar.
This achievement was made possible by the combined efforts of all project team members, including field supervisory staff, contractors, trades personnel, the owners’ project group and the operations group. Construction manager Nick Mills, health and safety manager Max Wahlberg, and the entire project management team were instrumental in helping to foster this commitment to safety.
The Ambatovy project management team believes the key areas that contributed to this achievement have been:
1) strong leadership from all project team members, and their commitment to the seamless integration of safety in all daily activities;
2) close co-ordination between the SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL project management team, SNC-Lavalin and contractors on all HSE issues using a proactive approach; and
3) continuous meetings with workers to reaffirm proper work practices and attention to safety.
The Ambatovy project includes design, procurement and construction of an ore processing plant, a 220-km slurry pipeline, a port, an 8-km railway, 130 km of access roads, and an industrial complex. The price tag for the facility, which will produce 60,000 t/y of nickel, 5,600 t/y of cobalt and 185,000 t/y of ammonium sulphate, has risen to US$3.2 billion.
Complete information about the Ambatovy project is available at www.Sherritt.com.