Hatch Ltd. Honored with Project Management Institute's 2008 Project of the Year Award



    


    
    DENVER, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hatch Ltd. has been awarded
the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of the Year Award for its
expansion of Quebec Iron and Titanium's (QIT) Upgraded Slag (UGS) plant in
Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada.  Hatch's project was selected from a host of
successfully completed projects from around the world.  This award, presented
on 18 October at PMI(R) Global Congress 2008--North America in Denver,
recognizes the accomplishments of a project and team for exemplary performance
and project management.
    

    
    QIT's metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy is the only one of its kind. 
Nine furnaces feed several interconnected production lines.  Smelted ore is
either transformed into titanium dioxide and iron or transported to plants for
further processing.  Resulting products are used as raw materials by pigment
producers, metal-casting and the automotive industry.
    

    
    QIT commissioned Hatch to add an additional production line to the Acid
Leaching Plant (ALP) and the Slag Preparation Plant (SPP) in order to meet
growing demand.  Hatch Ltd. was responsible for consulting, engineering,
developing information systems, and project and construction management.  The
expansion raised UGS' plant production capacity to more than 375 metric
tons/year, a 15 percent increase. The project was the continuation of a QIT
investment program of several hundred million dollars designed to reduce cost
and improve quality.
    

    
    The project was completed eight months ahead of schedule and saved CA$15
million.
    

    
    "Through excellent execution, Hatch turned eight months of project time
into eight months of QIT revenue-building production time," said Gregory
Balestrero, president and CEO of PMI.
    

    About Hatch Ltd.
    
    Hatch Ltd. supplies processes and business consulting, information
technology, engineering, and project and construction management to the
mining, metallurgical, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure industries. 
Hatch is a private, employee-owned company.  Our international client base is
served by more than 8,700 Hatch professionals in more than 60 offices
worldwide.  An international leader in its field, it provides consulting,
engineering, information systems, and project and construction management
services.  Hatch gives a high priority to health and safety, technical
excellence, innovation, reliability and sustainable development.
    

    About Quebec Iron and Titanium
    
    QIT-Fer et Titane plays a leading role in the Canadian mining and
metallurgical industry.  In business since 1950, it is a Quebec-based company
that is recognized as a world leader in the production of titanium dioxide
feed stock.  It also enjoys international renown for the exceptional quality
of its iron and steel.  QIT belongs to the Rio Tinto Group, a leader in
mining.
    

    About Project Management Institute (PMI)
    
    Project Management Institute (pmi.org) is the leading advocate for the
project management profession globally.  Founded in 1969, PMI has more than
400,000 members and credential holders in 174 countries.  PMI's Project
Management Professional (PMP(R)) credential is recognized as the only globally
transferable credential in project management.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Pamela Green of Project Management Institute,
+1-610-356-4600 x7030, Pamela.Green@PMI.org; or Alison Cox, +1-214-443-7563,
Alison.Cox@Edelman.com, for Project Management Institute Web Site:
http://www.pmi.org

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