AP60 Facility Upgrade in Canada wins PMI Project of the Year Award for 2014



27 October 2014 – Phoenix, AZ, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the AP60 Phase I aluminum smelter facility upgrade, a joint venture of Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA), SNC-Lavalin, and Hatch, has been honored as the winner of the 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award.

The CA$1.3 billion project included construction of 38 smelting pots with an aluminum production capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year, an immense electrical substation and a gas treatment center. Introducing the new technology as part of a project of this scale required careful planning.


Photo courtesy of SNC-Lavalin

The project team relied on detailed preliminary studies to develop every aspect of its project plan, including how it would transfer information from RTA’s R&D lab in France to the Canadian office, and how it could most efficiently build the components.

“PMI congratulates the RTA/SNC-Lavalin/Hatch team on this well-deserved honor,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “In overcoming numerous roadblocks to achieve a successful launch of the very ambitious AP60 project, these professionals have exemplified project excellence and teamwork to illustrate, on an industrial scale, how projects are the true engines of innovation.”

The team was faced with the daunting challenge of integrating and maintaining communication with more than 100 equipment suppliers and 50 installation contractors working on-site at the same time. To address this, project leaders encouraged a collaborative working environment, outlining clear roles and responsibilities and seeking opportunities to improve the flow of information among teams.

For more about this project and the award, click here for PMI news.

Click here for SNC-Lavalin new about the award.

Click here for the Hatch news coverage of the award.

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News courtesy of PMI, SNC-Lavalin and Hatch