BHP Billiton


Kwinana Nickel Refinery (KNR) – Major Outage


Fabricate & Install Inlet Nozzle on 4C-3 Vessel


Maintenance Shutdowns & Outages, Specialised Welding & Fabrication

Scope of Work

Fabricate nozzle and components in 316L stainless steel and supply to site prior to shutdown.

Install the Inlet Nozzle on 4C-3 Vessel.

Project Resourcing

The manufacture of the nozzle and components was carried out by the team at our Henderson fabrication facility.

The installation work was carried out onsite by the APMS Group shutdown management and execution team.

Project Achievements

  • No recordable incidents or injuries = zero harm
  • Project delivered ahead of time and under budget
  • Hours worked 1,415
  • Project schedule delivery 24.11.2012 – 20.30pm
  • Project actual delivery 23.11.2012 – 06.00am
  • Project Value / Budget $326K
  • Project Actual Cost $209K (Provisional)


  • Assembly of components
  • Remove old nozzle completely
  • Install new inlet nozzle

Nozzle in original state, ready for replacement

Old nozzle removed, non destructive tested (NDT)

New nozzle installed and NDT tested

New nozzle fully assembled and installed