Tianqi Lithium awards second Kwinana contract to SIMPEC

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WestStar Industrial engineering contractor business SIMPEC has won a $5 million contract at Tianqi Lithium Kwinana’s lithium hydroxide process plant (LHPP) in Western Australia.

The award will see the contractor engaged in structural, mechanical, piping (SMP) and electrical and instrumentation (E&I) work.

This will assist Tianqi Lithium with the handover of the Kwinana plant to operations. The award follows on from SIMPEC’s ongoing work at the processing plant.

“To be involved in this prestigious project is a great achievement for SIMPEC. This is SIMPEC’s second contract on the Tianqi Lithium LHPP1 project at Kwinana,” a WestStar media statement read.

SIMPEC managing director Mark Dimasi added: “This award is a true reflection of our team’s performance to date on the LHPP1 project. An outstanding effort by everyone involved.

“I personally would like to thank all the MSP Engineering personnel for supporting our team over the past 10 months and Tianqi Lithium for backing the incumbent SIMPEC site team.”

MSP Engineering is the head contractor for the Kwinana project’s design and construction, which also awarded SIMPEC with its first, $8 million contract at the plant.

SIMPEC’s earlier work at Kwinana involved piping and insulation for the processing plant’s Pyromet area. Kwinana’s LHPP is expected to produce 48,000 tonnes a year upon completion.

The latest contract has brought WestStar’s contract awards during the first half of the 2020 financial year to around $23 million.

“This strong start bodes well for SIMPEC and the WestStar Group,” WestStar stated.

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