Process engineer Hannah Campbell’s first job out of her graduate program was to prepare Moranbah’s ammonium nitrate plant for a 42-day maintenance shutdown involving up to 700 workers on site.
It was one of the largest turnarounds in Incitec Pivot’s Australian manufacturing history, with 94,000 man hours, 695 work packs, and a high-risk and complex scope of work including commissioning of five compressor trains following major overhauls and catalyst reductions.
The 24-year-old rose to the challenge and was tonight named as the 2017 AMMA Industry Awards Young Professional.
“Hannah is one of many up-and-coming young professionals in the industry who are showing great leadership and innovation,” Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) director industry services Tara Diamond said.
“To take part in a history-making turnaround at the company outlines Hannah is going to continue to be a real leader of the industry for years to come.
“She is lighting the path for other young female professionals to make their way in the resources industry.”
Ms Campbell said she’d spent about a year with Incitec Pivot in Brisbane and one in Moranbah before being tasked with the turnaround planning.
“I would say it was a very, very steep learning curve for me,” she said.
“I was very lucky that I had some very strong mentors and people who gave me on-the-job training to coach me through the process. It was definitely a challenge.”
The Moranbah site – which comes under Incitec Pivot’s Dyno Nobel business – includes an ammonia plant, nitric acid plant, ammonium nitrate plant and emulsion plant. It supplies explosives for the Bowen Basin mining industry.
Dyno Nobel Moranbah site manager Peter Henderson said the complete complex was involved in the March-April turnaround project.
“Hannah was our operations readiness co-ordinator – so leading up to the shut she developed the decommissioning schedules, the commissioning schedules, the isolation plans and was really the conduit between the turnaround team and site,” he said.
She had continued to manage the operations team and liaise with the shutdown team during execution, he said.
“Before this role she was a graduate processing engineer – obviously highly talented and super-capable,” Mr Henderson said.
“We looked at who could fill this operations co-ordinator role and we decided that really age was no barrier, we just needed someone who could do the right job – and Hannah proved that absolutely correct.”
He said Ms Campbell had been very process-driven in her approach and had successfully drawn on colleagues’ experience and empowered them to help her.
AMMA chief executive officer Steve Knott last night praised the calibre of entries in the peak resource industry employer group’s 10th annual Industry Awards, held in Perth.
“These awards are an opportunity to reflect on best practice, innovation and excellence in our sector,” he said. “Judges had no easy task in selecting the winners and this is an indication of the good work occurring at an individual and company level, setting Australia up as a global leader in employee and employer management.
“It’s a testament to our companies, our industry leadership and the opportunities being created in these challenging times.”
The full list of category winners is below:
|2017 AMMA Industry Awards winners|
|Young Professional||Hannah Campbell
|Indigenous Employment and Retention||Heathgate Resources|
|AWRA – Australian Women in Resource Alliance||Fortescue Metals Group|
|Training & Development||Morris Corporation|
|Health and Wellbeing||McDermott Australia|