The Australian Mining Review - - KWINANA LITHIUM & GREENBUSHES MINE -

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.

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