Australian-listed Lithium Power International has awarded WorleyParsons a design and feasibility engineering contract at the Maricunga lithium project in Chile.
WorleyParsons has been selected as the engineering consultant for the Maricunga lithium brine project, which is a joint venture between Lithium Power and Chilean exploration company Minera Salar Blanco.
Engineering work at Maricunga will launch with a scoping study that Lithium Power expects to be delivered by late 2017. The scoping study will be followed by a definitive feasibility study, which will be completed during 2018.
WorleyParsons will undertake design of both the lithium carbonate and the potassium chloride production plants through the scoping and feasibility studies.
Lithium Power chief executive Martin Holland said the selection of WorleyParsons as engineering consultant was another important step in taking the Maricunga project to production.
“In parallel with the project engineering, the company continues to advance with the pending maiden JORC resource upgrade, infrastructure studies and environmental data collection,” Holland said.
Lithium Power plans to deliver a new JORC compliant resource estimate in first half 2017.