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Lycopodium builds on Talison Lithium relationship with CGP3 EPCM contract

Lycopodium says it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for Talison Lithium Australia’s Chemical Grade Processing Plant #3 (CGP3), to be developed at its Greenbushes site in Western Australia’s southwest.

Talison Lithium and its predecessor companies have been producing lithium minerals from the Greenbushes lithium operations since 1983, with the area recognised as the longest continuously operated mining area in Western Australia (circa-1888).

The mining and processing operations at Greenbushes have been upgraded and expanded over the decades to increase production and incorporate new technologies as demand for lithium minerals has grown.

The development of this third chemical grade lithium processing plant at Greenbushes will enable Talison to continue to supply the downstream lithium processing facilities of its shareholders currently being established in Western Australia and its facilities in China, Lycopodium says.

Lycopodium’s EPCM services on CGP3 incorporate engineering and design, including earthworks, civil, structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation, as well as providing overall project management, including procurement and contracts management, expediting logistics and materials management, and construction and commissioning management services through handover of operational facilities to Talison Lithium.

Lycopodium is very familiar with the Greenbushes site and has an established relationship with Talison Lithium in the development of its Greenbushes operations including the previously awarded EPCM services for the new Mine Services Area project where Lycopodium is currently in the detailed engineering design, critical equipment procurement and pre-mobilisation phase for the project.

Lycopodium’s incorporated joint venture with Monadelphous (Mondium) is also currently delivering the Tailings Retreatment project at the mine.

Lycopodium Limited’s Managing Director, Peter De Leo, said: “We have been working in partnership with Talison for a number of years now, and having supported them through the development phases to optimise the CGP3 project, it is very pleasing to see it is now progressing to implementation.”

Talison Lithium is owned by two companies under a joint venture arrangement Tianqi Lithium Corp/IGO Limited JV (51%) and Albemarle Corporation (49%).

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.

SIMPEC receives contract at world’s biggest lithium operation

WestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business SIMPEC has found more work in Western Australia, this time at the world’s biggest lithium operation, Greenbushes.

The company has been awarded a contract by MSP Engineering to design, supply and construct process water tanks at Talison Lithium’s Chemical Grade Plant 2 project.

The contract, which has a value of around A$2.7 million and commences imminently, will see the tanks delivered over a six month period. They will form part of a complex, state-of-the-art mineral and chemical processing facility, according to WestStar.

SIMPEC Managing Director Mark Dimasi said the contract award was the culmination of many months of effort from his team and the company was “optimistic that our work here will translate into further awards and even greater market traction”.

SIMPEC won the business from MSP after it was engaged by the engineering company to supply and subsequently install high voltage and fibre optic cables and concrete pits at the project.

MSP is the head contractor for the design and construction of the project, which will more than double the capacity of the Greenbushes mine to 1.34 million tonnes per year of lithium concentrate. The project, owned by Talison, a 50:50 joint venture between the US’ Albemarle and China’s Tianqi Lithium, is due for commissioning in the June quarter of 2019.

Earlier this month, SIMPEC was contracted to provide “expert engineering services” for the ore handling plant area at BHP’s South Flank iron ore project, also in Western Australia, which followed on from the contractor providing a constructability and estimate review desktop study on the project earlier in the year.

Such wins have seen the company recently add A$5 million of work to its order book after bidding for some A$150 million of work in Australia over the past six months.