The Gruyere JV is one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in the world.
ARMS Reliability has begun work on a greenfield maintenance strategy development project for the Gruyere Gold Project, a 50:50 Joint Venture between Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources, located within the Yamarna greenstone belt about 200km east of Laverton, WA.
In an effort to leverage the value of conducting maintenance studies on greenfields sites, the Gruyere JV brought ARMS Reliability in prior to the commissioning of the gold mine to set the scene for success in its asset management department.
ARMS Reliability will execute a Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) study on the design of the plant; and will also develop Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) based maintenance strategies and spare parts cataloguing.
“We selected ARMS Reliability because of their proven track record in RAM modelling, and their experience in working on greenfield sites like the Gruyere Gold Project,” Gruyere JV processing manager Brett Foster said.
“Undergoing a RAMS study will ensure that this project delivers the most value to our stakeholders.
“By getting in early and conducting these maintenance studies now, we will save money and resources down the track by ensuring optimum performance of the plant from the outset.
“When we hit the ‘go live’ button, all maintenance costs and schedules will be well defined – we don’t want any surprises,” Mr Foster said.
Gruyere Gold Project has commenced detail engineering, design and construction on site.
The ARMS Reliability maintenance project will confirm the design of the plant from a capacity and availability perspective, to ensure it meets throughput targets.
As a plant moves closer to commissioning and operations, the ability to influence its RAM capability diminishes greatly.
“ARMS Reliability is delighted to be working on a project with such significance as the Gruyere Gold Project, particularly from such an early stage,” ARMS Reliability business development manager Craig Brydges said.
“We look forward to delivering a maintenance strategy that greatly reduces the probability of failure, increases uptime, and reduces maintenance costs for the life of the mine.”
The ARMS Reliability project will be completed by September 2018.