Veolia selected for water treatment of Greenbushes lithium project

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French company Veolia has been chosen to provide technology for a water treatment plant at Talison Lithium’s Greenbushes project in Western Australia.

The water plant is scheduled to begin service in 2019 and will allow Talison to double its output while reducing its environmental footprint related to lithium levels in onsite mine water.

It is the second indication this week of increasing activity and expansion at the project following news that piping and electrical installation company Kerman won a $20 million contract for works on a crushing circuit at Talison’s mine.

Talison’s Greenbushes lithium mine, adjacent to the town of Greenbushes (about 250km south of Perth), is a highly prospective open-pit spodumene project which contains two processing plants, one for technical-grade (lower purity) lithium concentrate and the other for chemical-grade (higher purity) lithium concentrate.

The company, a joint venture between China’s Tianqi Lithium and US-based Albemarle Corp, is a major international lithium exporter, shipping over 350,000t of lithium product annually across the world.

Veolia will carry out extensive test work at the plant, providing solutions based on its existing technologies, such as ACTIFLO clarification, CeraMem ultrafiltration, high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) and two-stage EVALED thermal evaporation.

Veolia is one of the world’s largest water, waste and energy management operators, employing over 160,000 employees worldwide and has a strong presence in the mining and resources sector; in 2016, the company pioneered a new way to remove sulphates from mine water effluent.

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