Monadelphous scores Albemarle contract at Kemerton lithium plant

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Monadelphous has won a contract to provide services to Albemarle’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury in Western Australia.

The Perth-based contractor will deliver pyromet structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) and associated piping fabrication works.

This marks Monadelphous’s first partnership with Albemarle. The works will commence immediately and are scheduled for completion by early 2021.

Monadelphous managing director Rob Velletri said, “We look forward to working with Albemarle for the first time on the construction of such an important project and to expand our presence in the growing lithium sector.”

“This contract along with a number of other recently announced contract awards in the resource sector have kicked off a promising start to the 2020 financial year bringing the total value of contracts secured since July to over $400 million.”

The $1 billion Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant is expected to be the state’s largest lithium manufacturing plant.

The initial capacity expectations for the plant were 60,000 to 75,000 tonnes, with potential to ramp up to 100,000 tonnes. However, Albemarle recently announced plans to scale back initial production to 50,000 tonnes

Monadelphous will support the local community through employment and opportunities, with 500 construction jobs and up to 500 permanent jobs when operational.

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