KWINANA PLANT CONSTRUCTION
Construction is ramping up fast at Tianqi’s Kwinana lithium plant, with Stage 1 of the project now about 45 per cent complete. “We’re just starting to receive all of the large equipment on site,” Mr Thick said.
“About 20 tanks fabricated locally have all been delivered and installed, all the concrete work is complete and the structural steel work in the plant is going up fairly rapidly.
“All of the main buildings; the office building, the control room building, warehouses, are about 70-80 per cent complete with windows starting to go in, roofs on.” Mr Thick said he had people visiting at least once a week from all over the world, including a recent visit from Tianqi’s founding chairman Jiang Weiping and chief executive Vivian Wu.
“They were very impressed,” he said.
“There is no doubt that their visit, which was made before the decision for Stage 2, was very critical because it gave them a high degree of comfort around the quality of what we were doing and how well it was progressing.”
Mr Thick said the four major contracts for long lead items of equipment for the $300 million Stage 2, had now all been let and signed for a total of about $50 million.
Stage 1 is due to be complete in late 2018, with Stage 2 commissioning to begin a year later in the fourth quarter of 2019.