Hatch and QIT win PMI International Project of the Year Award

    MONTREAL, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - The Project Management Institute (PMI)
presented Hatch, the Canada-based consulting engineering company, and Rio
Tinto's QIT-Fer et Titane (QIT), the 2008 International Project of the Year
Award, at PMI's awards dinner, on Saturday, October 18, 2008, in Denver,
    The winning project is the UGS Expansion to 375,000 Tonnes Per Year,
carried out in only 22 months, which is 8 to 10 months faster than a typical
project of the same scope. The project consisted of the design and
construction of added production lines for both the Acid-Leach Plant and the
Slag-Preparation Plant, the two principal areas of focus for the expansion of
the production capacity.
    Hatch was given responsibility for engineering, equipment design,
procurement, and project and construction management. Hatch's proven
project-management systems, iPas, were used throughout the project's
    The client, QIT, and the consultant, Hatch, undertook the project as an
aligned team.
    "As I set up the team, I realized I had the best team ever capable of
delivering outstanding results in such a market driven project", said QIT's
José Domingos, Executive Director, Technical Services, and a member of both
the UGS Executive Committee and the Project Steering Committee.
    The project was finished ahead of schedule, below budget and with an
excellent safety record. The commissioning, with input and support from QIT's
operations and maintenance team, went smoothly. The delivered plant production
capacity is even higher than planned, exceeding Rio Tinto's expectations.
    Because of exhaustive front-end planning, during which there were
detailed work-flow analyses, the project team could forecast discipline and
function interactions earlier than usual, which helped sustain the project's
    "There was a lot of effort put into the front-end studies, which helped
us set up for success and speed", says Massimo De Davide, the Hatch project
    The project team also shared offices in Montréal to cut down on the time
it would normally take to discuss and decide on options. Because the project
was fast-tracked by Rio Tinto, Hatch called upon their offices in Mississauga
and Johannesburg, South Africa, to complete design and technical assignments.
    In the past decade Rio Tinto has invested more than $1 billion in its QIT
metallurgical facility in Sorel-Tracy, Québec. The UGS plant in Sorel-Tracy
was built in 1996-98, and there have been three expansions since then,
including the award-winning 375,000 tpy expansion. There are now more than
1,400 employees at the site. UGS is up-graded slag from which titanium dioxide
is manufactured. Titanium dioxide is used to manufacture bright-white paints
and plastics. QIT manufactures the purest titanium-oxide in the world.

    Hatch is a global consulting engineering company with a 600-person office
in Montréal, and a 50-person office in Sorel-Tracy. Hatch has been working
with QIT on operational and capital projects for more than 50 years. With a
network of 8,700 employees worldwide, Hatch also provides quality services to
three market sectors: Mining and Metals, Energy and Infrastructure, for
projects in 125 countries.

For further information:

For further information: José Domingos, QIT-Fer et Titane, Office phone:
(450) 746-3060, Mobile: (450) 881-1155; Massimo De Davide, Hatch, Office
phone: (514) 864-5518, Mobile: (514) 346-1342

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