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MSP | Tianqi Lithium - Pyromet Piping Project

MSP Engineering Pty Ltd
Kwinana | Western Australia
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Project Overview

date completed
August 2019

Tianqi is increasing its LHM, (Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate), production capacity by 20,000 tpa LCE, (Lithium Carbonate Equivalent) in 2018 as part of Stage 1, and a further 20,000 tpa LCE in 2020, as part of Stage 2, to capture a significant market share of the forecast demand growth. The production of LHM will be from a world class, state-of-theart 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.

Client Overview

Tianqi Lithium has appointed MSP Engineering Pty Ltd (MSP) as Head Contractor to design and construct the TLK LHHP1 Project. MSP is a leading engineering and project delivery company, which specialises in the development of mineral processing facilities and associated infrastructure around the world.

Over the last decade, MSP has successfully delivered over $500 million of resource development projects.

Scope of Work

SIMPEC’s scope of work is for installation and pressure testing of piping in the Pyromet area on Stage 1 of the Tianqi Lithium Kwinana (TLK) Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant (LHPP).

The Team's performance allowed for the successful award of the drying and bagging building pipe work and also a mechanical completions team to assist with the handover of systems to the commissioning team.

 The scope includes:

  • Construction management
  • Installation of pre-spooled and site run piping
  • Installation of all associated pipe supports
  • Pressure testing, flushing and drying
  • Paint touch up and insulation


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

  • 10,000m of piping to install and pressure test
  • 1,000m of insulation to install
  • 300,000 man hours
  • Peak manning of approx. 200 people (craft and staff)
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