Saturday 25th May, 2019

Mondium wins $100m Greenbushes lithium contract

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

Talison Lithium has awarded Mondium a $100 million contract for the design and construction of a new tailing retreatment processing plant at the Greenbushes mine in Western Australia.

Mondium, a joint venture between Monadelphous (60 per cent) and Lycopodium (40 per cent), will carry out all engineering and design, procurement (EPC) and site construction of the plant, subject to regulatory approvals.

The contract also includes design and construction of detailed earthworks, concrete works, structural, platework, electrical and instrumentation works and controls.

It is Mondium’s largest contract since being formed in 2016 and its second with Talison Lithium, following the development of a new chemical-grade plant feed system at Greenbushes last year.

The contract furthers Talison’s expansion of Greenbushes and the award of the latest agreement for activities at the site. Its previous contract awards have included a $23.5 million deal with Kerman Contracting in August last year.

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That contract involved the construction of a new bulk storage facility at Port Bunbury in Western Australia that supported its existing Greenbushes expansion.

Talison has also previously awarded Kerman a contract to construct a new crushing and screen circuit agreement with MSP Engineering at the site, which was expected to deliver an extra 520,000 tonnes per year of lithium concentrate.

Mondium director Bob Osmetti said the contract highlighted the company’s ability to deliver quality projects. Work under the contract is expected to be completed by June 2020.

“We are excited to have been awarded such a significant contract and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Talison Lithium,” he said.

The Greenbushes operation is approximately 250 kilometres south of Perth and 90 kilometres south-east of the Port of Bunbury.