Hatch Ltd. Honored with Project Management Institutes 2008 Project of the Year Award

Hatch Ltd. Honored with Project Management Institutes 2008 Project of the Year Award

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® 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®) credential is recognized as the only globally transferable credential in project management.

Web site: http://www.pmi.org

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