SIMPEC books more business on Talison lithium mine expansion project

SIMPEC has been rewarded for its work on the Talison lithium mine in Greenbushes, Western Australia, with a contract extension from head design and construction contractor MSP Engineering.

The contract scope extensions and purchase orders, which total some A$1.8 million ($1.3 million), will see SIMPEC supply and install site-wide concrete footings (including earth works), the final tails pump and piping system, and chute fabrication works for the Chemical Grade Plant 2 (CGP2) project.

SIMPEC was previously awarded a A$2.7 million contract by MSP Engineering to design, supply and construct process water tanks at the CGP2 project, which will more than the double capacity of the Talison lithium mine to 1.34 Mt/y of concentrate. The project, owned by Talison through a 50:50 joint venture between Albemarle and Tianqi Lithium, is due for commissioning in the June quarter of 2019.

Mark Dimasi, SIMPEC Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to have gained extra work on this high-profile project that is helping underpin expansion of the lithium processing industry in Western Australia.”

With the expanded scopes of each of SIMPEC’s current projects with MSP Engineering, the WestStar Industrial subsidiary has added A$7.8 million of work to its order book. This includes work on BHP’s South Flank iron ore project.