Dr Wayne Wright joined the team as Manager-Refractories, focusing on the Aluminium/Alumina industries.
Michael made a second trip to China, for a major international materials consultancy, to conduct an audit on a RKEF/AOD based stainless steel plant in the South West of Guangdong Province.
Michael conducted his one day refractories training course in the La Trobe valley. This was attended by representatives of all the major power stations in the area.
Michael was retained by a major finance company to audit the refractory failures in a Boiler in WA.
Michael attended the National IRE conference in Sydney, where RefMet was a Conference Sponsor, and presented a paper entitled “Development of Refractory Repair Protocols at Redbank Power Ltd, Mt Thorley, NSW”.
Michael conducted a 3 day training course around the API 936 standard at the Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, for Uni Strategic of Singapore.
Michael was retained by Ban Phuc Nickel Mines to be their technical liaison with Outotec, (Ausmelt Division), Melbourne during a process study for a potential nickel smelter in Vietnam
Michael attended the ALTA 2013 Cu-Ni-Co conference in Perth where he presented a paper entitled “ The RKEF process for the treatment of Laterites”.
Michael presented his one day refractory training seminar at both Iluka Ltd, and BHP Billiton-Worsely Alumina, near Bunbury.
Michael arranged and supervised a strategic review of materials for use at Redbank power. This included initial selection of materials, preparation of samples, test work at CSIRO, and analysis of results via a technical report.
Paul continued with on-going support to the Esso KTT project.
Michael has been retained by Redbank Power for strategic repair studies.
Michael supported Redbank Power with maintenance shutdown contractor supervision and inspections support.
Michael attended the annual Australian Foundry Institute conference in Coogee, NSW, as the official IRE delegate.