Albemarle gains momentum at Kemerton with Kerman contract

Albemarle's Greenbushes mine (pictured) will supply lithium concentrate to the Kemerton plant.

Kerman Contracting has been awarded a contract by Albemarle Lithium for services at the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide production plant project in Western Australia.

The scope of the contract comprises two parts, the first includes the design and construction of the pyromet buildings, such as the spodumene storage building, acidified ore handling building and the tailings building.

The other separable portion includes the sodium sulphate packaging and storage warehouse, sodium sulphate pallet storage building, lithium hydroxide packaging and storage warehouse, as well as the boiler and air compressor buildings.

“We are excited about being part of yet another project in the lithium market,” Kerman managing director Chris Kerman said.

Kerman has also recently completed Western Australian projects for Talison Lithium’s chemical grade plant at Greenbushes and the Tianqi lithium hydroxide processing plant at Kwinana.

Albemarle started earthworks at the Kemerton site in January this year, with plans for it to become home to a lithium hydroxide conversion plant.

The Kemerton plant is expected to have an initial capacity of 60,000 to 75,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide, with an ability to expand to 100,000 tonnes over time.

Albermarle expects to commission the Kemerton site in 2021.

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