Albemarle’s Kemerton plant contracts SCEE


Southern Cross Electrical Engineering (SCEE) has been awarded the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) works contract at MARBL’s Kemerton lithium plant.

Albemarle Corporation’s 60 per cent owned MARBL lithium joint venture, which encompasses the Kemerton processing plant,  will have SCEE deliver the full E&I scope for both the hydromet and pyromet sections of the plant.

The value of the works at the Bunbury, Western Australia site, totals $65 million, with SCEE’s work due to commence around the end of the first quarter of 2020.

The $1 billion plant near Bunbury was awarded environmental approval in November 2018, clearing its green hurdle for the state government.

Albemarle Corporation owns 49 per cent of the Talison lithium mine at Greenbushes, Western Australia, and 60 per cent of the Wodinga lithium mine in Western Australia.

SCEE managing director Graeme Dunn said, “I am extremely pleased to announce such a major award in the resources sector’s growing lithium industry.”

The Kemerton processing plant will initially comprise of two trains, each with a production capacity of 25,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per annum.

SCEE is due to complete the works in May 2021 on the spodumene producer, assisting Albemarle’s significant supply of global lithium production.

Albemarle has tipped tough lithium market conditions to last another 18 months or so, after a challenging year for the commodity, following an oversupply.

Despite this, the company has continued processing and production for its current customers.

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