Tuesday 12th Nov, 2019

Metso to supply Albemarle’s $1B lithium plant

Located approx. 100 km southeast of Kemerton, the Greenbushes mine will supply lithium concentrate to Albemarle's new processing plant. Image: Metso

Albemarle has selected Metso to provide processing equipment for its billion-dollar lithium project in Western Australia.

Metso will supply pyro-processing and communication equipment for the lithium hydroxide processing plant at Albemarle’s Kemerton site, near Bunbury.

It will also provide calciner and acid roaster systems, ball mills, off-gas handling systems and other auxiliaries.

Equipment deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2019.

The plant will consist of three production trains, each producing 20,000 tonnes per year of lithium hydroxide, with a potential to expand to five trains by 2025.

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It will be supplied with lithium concentrate produced at the nearby Greenbushes mine.

Metso’s Senior Vice President, Australian market area, Ross Wotherspoon said he is delighted by Albemarle’s decision to work with Metso.

“We are very pleased to be playing such an important role in Albemarle’s plans as it races to supply booming world demand for battery-quality lithium chemicals,” he said.

“Critical to the success of this project is the combined knowledge and experience of our people and Australian-based suppliers and subcontractors who are engaged to deliver major components of this important contract.”

Metso’s President for Mining Equipment business Victor Tapia said Metso has diversified its solutions to meet the growing demand for lithium projects.

“We are the technology leader in minerals processing with a strong and capable support organisation close to our customers,” Tapia said.

Construction of the project has begun, with production scheduled to commence in 2021.