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Tianqi Lithium - Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant Stage 1 (LHPP1)

Tianqi Lithium
Kwinana | Western Australia
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Project Overview

date completed
December 2019

Tianqi is increasing its LHM, (Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate) production capacity by 24,000 tpa LCE, (Lithium Carbonate Equivalent) as part of Stage 1 to capture a significant market share of the forecast demand growth. The production of LHM will be from a world class, state-of-the-art integrated Lithium Hydroxide Process Plant (LHPP) that will process spodumene ore from the Talison Greenbushes operation which is 51% owned by Tianqi. In summary, the spodumene will be calcined followed by sulphate roasting, leaching and purification, before being crystallised and dried to produce high purity LHM that will be exported to Tianqi customers globally.

The Kwinana Plant is the first Lithium Hydroxide Plant outside of China and the largest of its kind in the world.

Client Overview

Listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Tianqi Lithium is a global new energy materials company, with lithium at its core. With over 20 years’ experience in the production of lithium product, Tianqi Lithium has world leading positions in its major businesses of lithium resource investment, lithium concentrate extraction and the production of advanced lithium specialty compounds.

With resource and production assets located in the pre-eminent lithium regions of Australia, Chile and China, its fully vertical-integrated businesses ensures the Company is optimally positioned to partner with international customers to support the long-term sustainable development of lithium-ion battery technologies for application in the electric vehicle and energy storage industries.

Scope of Work

SIMPEC’s scope of work for this contract includes installation of electrical and instrumentation (E&I) works as well as mechanical/piping completions to enable handover of LHPP1 to the client’s commissioning team.

Electrical/Instrumentation works include:

  • Supply, installation and testing of all E&I works in theDrying/Bagging and Crystalliser Buildings including all infrastructure, cabling,terminations, heat trace, instrumentation and tubing.
  • Lighting for the Drying/Bagging and Crystalliser Buildings.
  • Site wide E&I Completions Team assisting with punch list completion and handover to client commissioning team.
  • HV cable installation, termination and testing.
  • Miscellaneous HVAC.

Mechanical/Pipingworks include:

  • Site wide completion of structural, mechanical and piping works.
  • Insulation works in the Drying/Bagging building and Boiler area.
  • Modification and optimisation work for the client team.
  • Chiller enclosure installation and ad-hocbuilding sheeting works.

This contract was established due to SIMPEC’s unwavering focus on ensuring our customer needs are met and our teams work safely each and every day.

Key Facts

  • Completion and testing of over 15,000m cable
  • 500 + items requiring tubing
  • 1,500+ ITR’s to be completed
  • Over 1,500 punch list items complete
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