- Eight finalists vie for 2015 Golden Gecko Awards
- World-leading technology yields local solutions
Eight finalists using innovative solutions and new technology to minimise the environmental impacts on Western Australian resources projects will contest this year's prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the 2015 finalists covered a broad cross-section of the Western Australian resources sector.
"From a coastal tunnel to protect a Pilbara river delta to an emissions reduction project in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, these are exciting initiatives that showcase WA's world-leading approach to environmental management," Mr Marmion said.
"This year's finalists include a mix of large and smaller mining companies, an oil and gas company, environmental consultants, a technology developer, a not-for-profit organisation and a State Government authority.
"To have eight projects of such high calibre vying for this year's Golden Gecko Award is a credit to the Western Australian resources sector, and exemplifies its approach to responsible development."
The Minister will present the 24th annual Golden Gecko Award on Thursday, October 29.
"All finalists are extremely deserving of this recognition and I congratulate them on their outstanding leadership and innovation," he said.
Following the success of last year's seminar event preceding the formal awards ceremony, finalists will again give short presentations on their submissions to give attendees greater insight into the eight projects contesting the award.
Minister's office - 6552 6800
Golden Gecko Awards 2015 - Finalists
Project Name: Wheatstone Micro-tunnel Project
Chevron's Wheatstone natural gas development is located adjacent to the Ashburton River delta, which supports important mangrove and estuarine habitats. Gas from offshore fields will be gathered using subsea wells and manifolds and transported via flowlines to the offshore Wheatstone Platform and then transported to the onshore processing facilities via the newly installed 225km pipeline. To protect the coastal area, the pipeline is linked to the processing plant via a micro-tunnel. The micro-tunnel is the critical link, creating a shore crossing that starts behind the coastal dune system, extends seaward and terminates under the ocean floor. It provides an innovative solution to crossing the shoreline by tunnelling under the coastal environment and reducing impacts to the onshore area.
Fortescue Metals Group Limited / Ziltek Pty Ltd / PT Environmental Services
Project Name: Better Environmental Outcomes from Hydrocarbon Spills using RemScan™
Fortescue's Chichester and Solomon hubs in WA's Pilbara region are utilising an innovative Australian technology to improve the day-to-day management of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil from spills. This technology, developed by Ziltek and marketed as RemScan™, allows for the real-time in-field analysis of hydrocarbon-contaminated soils, which reduces the need for costly and time-consuming laboratory analysis. This leads to more effective on-site management and treatment of the soils as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to off-site disposal. Ultimately, the RemScan™ technology ensures that all hydrocarbon-contaminated material is actually collected for remediation, removing the risk of further contamination to any potential environmental receptors.
Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
Project Name: Gidji Emissions Reduction Project
Golden Mile sulphide ore has been roasted since 1898. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has been investigating and trialling concentrate treatment alternatives since the 1990s. In 2015, KCGM installed a large ultra-fine grinding mill at Gidji to replace roasting, eliminating 100 per cent of atmospheric stack emissions. This demonstrates continuous process improvement which has eliminated a major source of atmospheric stack emissions.
Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee Inc
Project Name: Battling the Thorny Menaces through Corporate Alliances
Not-for-profit organisation, the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC), is spearheading the development of resource company alliances to invest in strategic and comprehensive weed management programs across the Pilbara. These alliances are removing vast areas of Mesquite and Parkinsonia from the landscape, improving and restoring the natural environment. Through partnerships with the PMMC, resource projects are able to participate in, and benefit from, a community approach to weed management. Biannual meetings and local access to a PMMC project manager ensures opportunities exist to share knowledge and innovate, and to achieve maximum results for the Pilbara environment and landscape.
Pilbara Ports Authority
Project Name: Mangrove Rehabilitation Program
Balancing the needs of the North West's vast mining industry with the protection of sensitive local ecosystems is a challenge at Port Hedland the world's largest bulk export port. Pilbara Ports Authority's unique Mangrove Rehabilitation Program incorporates a mangrove nursery, rehabilitation trials and research, and community engagement, and demonstrates an innovative approach to successfully preserving and maintaining ecosystem integrity.
Premier Coal Limited / Golder Associates
Project Name: Lake Kepwari Trial Flow-through
The former Western Area WO5B coal mining pit-lake in WA's South-West has been the subject of an innovative trial to investigate and validate the benefits of flow-through systems by allowing degraded local river waters to mix with the acidic waters in a former mine void. Premier Coal has spearheaded the Lake Kepwari project and spent the last four years working in partnership with environmental consultants Golder Associates and closely with key stakeholders to demonstrate flow-through can improve environmental conditions in the lake itself without affecting Collie River values.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) Utilities Division
Project Name: West Angelas Fuel Hub
Recently operational West Angelas Fuel Hub is the new benchmark for fuel facilities across the industry. It exceeds statutory and regulatory environmental requirements with state-of-the-art installation including an industry-leading rail tank car unload facility, a site-wide fully integrated oily water treatment system, bulk storage tanks, leak and overfill protection, secondary containment and bunding, dewatering quick flush tanks and ground-level product sampling cabinets.
St Barbara Limited
Project Name: Gwalia Operations Absorption Chiller Upgrade
St Barbara's Gwalia underground mine is located close to the town of Leonora. As the underground mine's depth increased, an increase in the capacity of the mine cooling system was required to maintain safe working conditions. The underground mine air cooling system had been the largest energy consumer at the Gwalia mine site. To increase cooling capacity without increasing energy consumption, St Barbara applied absorption refrigeration technology for the first time in the Australian mining industry. The new cooling system uses waste heat energy from the power plant and converts it to cool air for the underground mine. The mine has more than doubled its cooling capacity while reducing power demand, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions.