Jord achieves carbon neutral certification

Jord International Pty Ltd (Jord) is proud to announce its recent carbon neutral certification, as certified through the Australian Government’s Climate Active program. Climate Active is renowned as one of the most rigorous and credible carbon neutral certification processes available.

Jord CEO Angus Holden says the decision to go carbon neutral for Jord’s business operations demonstrates the firm’s commitment to being a responsible corporation.

“We chose action over words. We wanted to walk the walk,” said Angus. “The single biggest benefit of going carbon neutral is to the planet, not to our company. It is simply the right thing to do.”

“We are also proud to support recognised offset projects that align with our values and contribute to Jord Foundation’s goal of fostering a biologically diverse and sustainable planet,” said Angus.

Through the annual certification process, Jord has made a commitment to track, audit and reduce its carbon emissions, as well as offsetting unavoidable emissions. This first year it chose to support two international offset projects: the Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project in Indonesia and NIHT Topaiyo REDD + rainforest protection project in Papua New Guinea.

To further drive climate action, Jord is also developing new technologies to enable its customers in the energy and resource sectors to reduce energy and water consumption. For example, early results indicate its innovative flotation technology, called NovaCell™, could unlock a 40 percent reduction in comminution energy.

This year Jord celebrates 50 years of service to the energy and resource industries. The Australia-based company has over $5 billion of its bespoke plant and systems operating in more than 130 countries around the world.

As the energy and resource industries go through a significant transformation to meet renewable energy needs for the future, Jord’s role is to:

    • Design and construct process plant for traditional resource and energy sectors essential to power the transition.
    • Focus on technology innovations that deliver critical minerals and power new energy solutions in an efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable manner.
    • Ensure aftermarket solutions allow existing process plant to run more efficiently, thereby lowering emissions and extending plant life.

For more information, contact sydney@jord.com.au or phone +61 2 8425 1500.

Jord is proud to support recognised offset projects that contribute to Jord Foundation’s goals and build on our long-term partnerships with Bush Heritage Australia (pictured) and Conservation International.


Trinidad methanol & DME plant commences commercial operation

Fueled primarily by natural gas sourced from Trinidad and Tobago, the plant has an annual production capacity of one million tons of methanol and 20,000 tons of di-methyl ether (DME). It began operating commercially on December 18, 2020.

Methanol is used as a raw material to produce many downstream products. Its applications include adhesives, fertilizers, paints, plastics and synthetic textiles. In recent years, it has been garnering attention as an environmentally friendly alternative to heavy fuel oil in the shipping industry. Furthermore, because it can be produced from CO2 and as a promising hydrogen carrier, it could play a part in realizing sustainable, low carbon societies. DME is also raising interest as a clean, next-generation energy source. In addition to its use in aerosol products and other daily goods, it can serve as an alternative to LPG and diesel for automobiles and power generation.

Jord delivered the Air Cooled Condenser system and the air cooled heat exchanger train. In collaboration with MHI, these systems were delivered in modular form, to minimise site erection time, cost and complexity.


BHP awards Jord Supplier Innovation Program project

Jord’s task is to develop a safer solution to filter press maintenance. In January, Jord signed a Collaborative Agreement with BHP to design and construct the first prototype of this idea, working hand-in-hand with the maintenance team at BMA’s Caval Ridge Mine, near Moranbah in Queensland.

Jord’s idea is a safer way to perform maintenance on filter presses that remove moisture from coal rejects at the wash plant. It comprises a belt cartridge installer within a self-contained steel frame that holds a new belt and removes the old damaged belt.

Jord’s Mechanical Engineer for Aftermarket and Reliability, Craig Samuel, developed the winning concept and says it eliminates the need for operators to be in physical contact with the filter press.

“Creating a safer environment is the pinnacle of an engineer’s ethos and it’s incorporated in everything we design,” said Mr Samuel.

“We know from experience that efficiency and reliability are critical to mining operations, so I’m proud that this idea will make a traditionally time-consuming task much faster and I’m looking forward to working closely with the Caval Ridge team.”

When developing the award submission, Craig consulted with Jord’s field service team to ensure the concept was practical and rigorous enough to meet the demanding operating conditions.

Jord’s General Manager of Resources, Kevin Barber, says he is proud of his team for having the drive and innovative thinking required to solve this long-standing industry challenge.

“We would like to thank BHP for their recognition and for the opportunity to participate in genuinely collaborative discussions about real challenges faced in the industry.”

“At Jord, we live by the motto ‘ideas engineered’, which means we encourage our people to share new ideas. We often invest in research and development initiatives with a goal to commercialising new products.”

“We look to add value in all our projects, whether it’s increasing safety, reducing risk, producing a higher grade product, increasing plant capacity, minimising environmental impacts, or conclusively proving new industrial processes,” said Mr Barber.

The first belt installer is expected to be in use by June.

For more information, please visit the BHP Website

From left to right: Craig Samuel, Myra Walker, Mark Thomas, Kevin Barber, David Ricapito and Simon Evans.


Overcoming sub-zero temperatures for dry cooling solutions

Sub-zero air coolers and condensers are without doubt the most difficult to correctly design for reliable performance over the long term. Why? Because the range of conditions in which the air cooler must perform varies widely.

Arctic climates have extreme ambient conditions. Not just air temperature across all four seasons, but also wind conditions. These have a large impact on air cooler performance. A well designed air cooler must overcome these wildly fluctuating ambient conditions across a broad range of expected process conditions: plant start-up and shut-down, plant turndown scenarios, plant upset conditions, and more. For air-cooled condensers, where a process phase change is required to condense a gas into liquid, determining the correct design across multiple scenarios becomes an even more delicate proposition.

A correctly designed air cooled heat exchanger or condenser for sub-zero applications requires careful control of the flow of air as these ambient and process conditions change. Without optimal air recirculation around the unit, you can not get the air cooler maintaining stable operation irrespective of the changing conditions. The big risk of a poorly designed air cooler is that the unit will simply freeze up and fail outright as conditions change, causing massive disruption and downtime for the plant operator.

Jord air coolers have proven their reliable performance down to temperatures as low as minus 46 degrees celsius. These are our units currently operating in the higher latitudes of Russia and Canada. But there’s no shortage of other countries where Jord air coolers endure conditions only marginally better than this!

Materials selection is also critical for reliable performance and longevity of service in these conditions. The correct selection of steel grade is very important. And the mechanical components – the fans, motors, bearings and louvre control system – all require careful consideration. As technology continues to improve, better componentry is becoming available and should be kept in mind.

Jord’s commitment to its customers is to ensure the right design, both thermal and mechanical, is tailored for the specific needs of each project. We can commit to this, because we have the experience, with many thousands of air-cooled heat exchangers and condensers in service across six continents and well over 100 countries. We know the way equipment needs to be designed, constructed and maintained for extreme conditions, from hot, dusty desert environments to sub-zero arctic ones.


A look back at 2021

With the COVID pandemic continuing, it was another big year for the Jord Group. Despite the uncertainty and challenges in business conditions, we managed to execute and deliver to our clients’ requirements and built a healthy backlog of new work to establish a strong foundation for the new year. Here are a few of our favourite things from 2021.

Securing a contract under the Supplier Innovation Program Challenge

Jord was awarded the first contract from BHP under their Supplier Innovation Program Challenge that was launched in partnership with Austmine. In January, Jord signed a Collaborative Agreement with BHP to design and construct the first prototype of its idea, working hand-in-hand with the maintenance team at BMA’s Caval Ridge Mine, near Moranbah in Queensland. Jord’s idea is a safer way to perform maintenance on filter presses that remove moisture from coal rejects at the wash plant.

Expanding our footprint and continuing to diversify

We secured new orders across industries and geographies, including: a 155 MMSCFD high temperature sour gas TEG dehydration unit and fuel gas treatment unit in the Middle East; a horizontal vacuum belt filter for the Sukari gold mine paste plant in Egypt; a significant contract to provide replacement up-rated boiler safety relief valves to a major Australian power generation supplier; the design and supply of two O-frame modularised HRSG’s installed behind Siemens SGT-800-57 GTs as part of a new 120MWe cogen plant in South East Asia; and our clean air division started delivering low energy venturi scrubbers in the agricultural sector, building on five decades of experience in mineral and chemical processing applications.

We also completed projects, including: delivering a combined lube oil and hydraulic module to the 1,650 MW Bismayah III CCPP in Baghdad; four topside modules to be installed on an offshore gas processing facilities in the North Sea; and we were excited to see the first crystals produced at BHP Nickel West, having designed and supplied the crystalliser to achieve the purity levels required for lithium-ion batteries.

Giving back to the community

Jord contributes a percentage of group profit each year to the Jord Environment Trust (JET Foundation) which has a mandate to donate funds to causes that foster a biologically diverse and sustainable planet. Through 2021, our total distributed funds exceeded $1 million and our people spent significant time providing pro-bono support. We provided ongoing support to two strategic organisations that align with our values: Bush Heritage Australia for environmental regeneration and Conservation International for establishment of a 700 sq km marine park in Indonesia.

Investing in research and development

We became an official industry partner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals. The centre aims to transform Australia’s minerals industry through research around three key goals: increase energy and water productivity; improve mineral recovery; and train a new generation of research leaders to support the sector. As a partner, our minerals processing team is working with Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin and his team at the University of Newcastle to deliver new technologies at full scale in the industry.

Supporting clients remotely

Through the continuing COVID pandemic, remote inspections have helped us to overcome the challenge of having geographically dispersed teams and international clients. We undertake remote inspections by video link, which involves a local Quality Control inspector moving a camera very methodically around the modules in the fabrication workshop. A key benefit we discovered was that remote inspections allow us to refer to all the available engineering information in the office – such as the 3D model and P&IDs – at the same time that we are inspecting the equipment, resulting in more thorough collaborative reviews in real time.

Human resources industry leadership

Jord Head of People and Culture, Erin Collins was announced as a finalist for the Knowledge Access Leadership Award, which recognises best-in-class industry leadership from right around the world. Erin has developed and executed the people and culture plan, managed organisational change, supported innovation and continuous improvement.

One of our human resource highlights in 2021 was the annual internal conference. Despite being held online, it was one of the most successful conferences in the history of the company. The Olympics-themed conference sparked our competitive spirit. It involved teams from all major global offices delivering presentations to their colleagues, with some major team prizes at stake.

As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to thank all of our customers, suppliers, colleagues, friends and families for their ongoing support. We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe break. We look forward to seeing you in 2022 when we celebrate our 50-year anniversary.


Can-Do Attitude: The Secret To 50 Years Of Business

The past 50 years have involved several major events, including the 1970s oil crisis, recessions in the early 80s and 90s, wars, natural disasters and, more recently, a global pandemic. Despite some challenging times, Jord has enjoyed five decades of steady, consistent private ownership. The company’s long-serving staff believe it’s “can-do” attitude and nimble approach are behind its success.

Jord was one of the first Australian engineering companies to support the country’s resource boom from the 1970s. John Holden and Phil Blundell attracted and developed the expertise needed for their vision of serving the emerging petroleum, alumina, nickel and sugar industries. Drawing in engineers with ability, humility, curiosity and dedication, the team was guided by principles of innovation, value and reliability.

The company became known for solving unique problems with speed and personal service.

Pictured: Jord Co-Founder Phil Blundell inspecting Jord’s very first order, a rotary drum vacuum filter for the Queensland sugar industry.

Batting above its weight

“We were go-getters, and we weren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and do whatever was needed to get the job done,” said Brad Robinson, who joined the company in the 1980s. “We took risks and we learned on the job, but we always delivered. We had a saying that you would ‘bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell’.”

In the early days, every team member at Jord was tasked with finding and securing new orders and, once an individual landed a new deal, they became the project manager responsible for delivering the project as well. “There was a real sense of pride and ownership because we handled every project from start to finish ourselves,” said Brad.

The small, elite team worked tirelessly to overcome challenging site conditions, tight timelines, and developed world first solutions to solve industry problems. An example of the company’s reliability is the fact that the rotary drum vacuum filter Jord supplied to Queensland’s Farleigh sugar mill in 1976 is still in operation today. It is one of hundreds of custom-designed Jord filters, across various resource industries, with decades of continuous operation.

Pictured: Jord Co-Founder John Holden asleep at his desk in 1978 after working all night to get a key tender proposal out.

Organisational transformation

The introduction of ISO standards together with larger and more complex projects prompted an organisational restructure in the 1990s. Jord centralised operations, making the sales and project management functions autonomous. It was a new era for the company as it matured and was poised for further growth and diversification.

Ronnie Tan joined Jord in Singapore during the 1990s. “The office was oddly shaped, dark, cold and very damp. There was an imbalance of ying and yang, and considered by many of our Chinese friends as having a bad feng shui. But we knew our day would come. We knew we had solid backing,” he said.

To offer new technologies and to expand in new regions, Jord secured strategic licenses and formed manufacturing alliances in Asia and the Middle East. A joint venture with German-based Balcke Duerr provided wet cooling and air cooled condensers technology to complement Jord’s existing dry cooling expertise.

“Balcke Duerr were eager to extend their reach into South East Asia and Australia,” said Ronnie. “They needed our fleetness of foot and can-do spirit, and they had the technology and name for major projects.”

In the 2010s, Jord Oil and Gas Systems B.V. was formed in the Netherlands as an EPC contractor providing design and construction of topside modules and gas compression systems. So too Jord Energy Pty Ltd with a focus on gas turbine accessory modules for the power generation industry. More recently, Jord formed a joint venture with South Africa-based Proxa to provide crystallisation and evaporation plants for battery chemicals, and zero liquid discharge plants to eliminate the discharge of toxic effluents into the environment.

Keeping the culture and philosophy alive

Today, Jord continues to operate based on the same principles and philosophy it was founded on. The business attracts and retains people who thrive on problem-solving. The average length of employee service is over 10 years; well ahead of the industry average. Staff span 10 countries, 25 nationalities and 40 languages.

CEO Angus Holden says Jord is big enough to be trusted with large, complex projects, yet small enough to be innovative, nimble and caring. “We keep the can-do culture alive by developing elite teams, motivating people to innovate and offer new ideas, as well as cultivating healthy internal competition,” said Angus.

To remain nimble and at the forefront of emerging markets, Jord invests in research and development with a goal to commercialise new, sustainable technologies. “Our engineering ideas work because, though they are innovative, they come from a stable and effective base of people, partners, capital, performance and standards.”

In 2022, Jord celebrates 50 years of service. Thank you to all our staff (past and present), customers, vendors and suppliers who have been part of our story.


Staying Ahead with Ideas

By feeding creativity and pushing boundaries, Jord has expanded its technology offering over the past 50 years. Its current primary focus is to pioneer minerals beneficiation techniques that enhance recoveries whilst minimising energy and water consumption.

John Warner, Managing Director of JordProxa and Former Head of Technology at Jord, describes Jord’s approach as technically adventurous and financially conservative. “Jord maintains cash reserves and doesn’t have debt, which allows us to explore new ideas and take risks with a strong financial anchor,” said John.

“It’s important to recognise that technology is changing at a more rapid pace today than it ever has before. What that means is that knowledge is changing and, as a business, we need to manage the change of knowledge. It’s important to have people who are powerful thinkers,” said John. “Jord thrives because it has a deliberate combination of thinkers, fast movers and enablers, and strategic and disciplined people.”

Pictured: Staff drawing in the Sydney office during the early Jord days.

When John joined the firm in the mid-1990s, Jord was focused on heat exchangers, furnaces and solid-liquid separation. John was instrumental in moving beyond supplying individual pieces of process plant to developing in-house capabilities to deliver more complex turnkey systems

“At Jord, we’re good at bringing the next generation of knowledge into the company and embracing new ways of working,” said John. “In many companies, the older generation are possessive of their technical expertise, whereas Jord’s culture encourages experienced staff to set the direction and share their knowledge, leaving space for others to grow and enable change.”

Pictured: Jord lifts evaporation/crystallisation modules in the late 1990s.

A downturn in the mining industry during the late 1990s prompted Jord to move into modular plant deliveries. The aim was to limit the risks inherent when constructing large plants on site. It was a strategic decision that continues to guide its plant designs today. “We learned how to do modules through experience,” said John. “When you lift modules from horizontal to a vertical position, for example, the loads move sideways, and all the pipes and details need to be designed for that.”

Jord continued to establish and grow new business divisions throughout the 2000s. It recognised significant potential in the clean air market and secured an exclusive agreement for equilibrium coefficients data to deliver world class vent gas scrubbers. It also established an engineering hub in India, directly employing highly qualified staff.

Pictured: Jord secured equilibrium coefficients data to deliver world class vent gas scrubbers in the 2000s.

John believes that developing a global network of technical experts has been the key to Jord’s evolution. “We were pioneers of remote working because we knew the right people in like-minded small companies around the world who we needed to engage,” he said. “So, we had the idea of linking people across the world, but the hardware didn’t exist. The introduction of global data connectivity was a significant milestone. We built our own project execution software and have stayed at the forefront by allowing our globally spread people to work efficiently and effectively together.”

Jord Director of Sales Dean Reeves says many people are familiar with Jord’s longstanding expertise in dry cooling systems, but the team is always hungry for new challenges. “Joint ventures are one of the ways we’ve extended our expertise and entered emerging markets,” said Dean.

“For example, we’ve established a firm position in the market producing process modules for FPSO [Floating Production Storage Offloading] vessels, which we specifically target through our Netherlands-based joint venture group, called Jord Oil and Gas Systems B.V.,” said Dean.

“We have five decades of project references to leverage. I’m excited to see how we will continue to grow and diversify for years to come,” said Dean.

In 2022, Jord celebrates 50 years of service. Thank you to all our staff (past and present), customers, vendors and suppliers who have been part of our story.


Video link remote inspections

When the COVID pandemic was declared, our JordProxa joint venture was building crystalliser modules in China and the project teams included personnel in South Africa, India and Australia. Remote inspections helped us to overcome the challenge of having geographically dispersed teams and international clients.

A key benefit we discovered was that remote inspections allow us to refer to all the available engineering information in the office – such as the 3D model and P&IDs – at the same time that we are inspecting the equipment, resulting in more thorough collaborative reviews in real time. The narrow view through the lens of a camera also forces all participants to focus on the same small details for attention and more efficient decision-making.

We undertake remote inspections by video link, which involves a local Quality Control inspector moving a camera very methodically around the modules in the fabrication workshop. Using P&IDs as a basis, we check all the details piece by piece.

Watch to learn more from our joint venture team delivering crystallisers and evaporators for battery metals producers


JordProxa delivers crystallisers for growing battery market

Australia based JordProxa Pty Ltd has recently delivered crystallisation plants for two major battery metal producers, solidifying its position in the growing new energy market.

JordProxa designed, fabricated and dispatched several large-scale orders to site, including an evaporator and two crystallisation plants to lithium producer Albemarle in Western Australia, and nickel sulphate, cobalt sulphate and ammonium sulphate crystallisation plants to Terrafame in Finland. The modular plants are now being installed in Western Australia and installation is underway on site in Finland with the last modules in transit.

JordProxa Managing Director John Warner says the rapid uptake of electric vehicles has led to a surge in demand for battery chemicals and associated technologies.

“Battery chemical producers need a technology provider that can meet and exceed the demands of product purity, with a focus on continued process improvement, to keep up with changing product specifications,” said Dr Warner.

“JordProxa understands the process fundamentals that influence product quality through evaporation and crystallisation. We combine the project delivery skills and global footprint of Jord and Proxa and are perfectly positioned to deliver state of the art plant solutions for ultra-pure battery chemicals at large tonnage scales.”

“We leverage an established network of fabrication alliances and modular design capabilities. This allows us to deliver key assemblies that are tested in the workshop before they are dispatched and installed on site. Our aim is to optimise project delivery time while minimising project risk.”

Jord International CEO Angus Holden says he is pleased the group is demonstrating its technical and operational expertise in the new energy market.

“Our track record over 50 years of business demonstrates that we can successfully design and build reliable plants with tangible process benefits.”

“In 2019, we delivered a nickel sulfate crystallisation plant to BHP Nickel West. This important crystalliser work from JordProxa delivers on our goal of supporting clean energy technologies and is generating a new long-term, sustainable revenue stream. It has helped our group achieve a record revenue for the 2020 financial year, aided by other new areas of business including enhanced minerals beneficiation and topside modules for offshore gas fields.”

For more information visit www.jordproxa.com.


FY2020 annual review: a record year

FY2020 was a record year for the Jord group. Pleasingly our growth came from new sources of revenue, such as:

  • evaporation and crystallisation plants for the battery chemicals industry for electric vehicles and energy storage;
  • enhanced minerals beneficiation for efficient concentrate and tailings de-watering; and
  • Topside Modules for a host of new customers developing offshore floating production facilities.

Watch to learn more from our CEO Angus Holden and Director of Sales Dean Reeves