MSP Engineering Pty Ltd (MSP) awarded ECM the electrical, instrumentation and controls construction package for the Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant 1 in Kwinana, Western Australia. MSP was awarded the Design and Construct Contract for the project by Tianqi Lithium Australia Pty Ltd (TLA) in October 2016.

ECM mobilised to site in January 2018 with practical completion for ECM’s scope extended to September 2019. This Contract award gave ECM the opportunity to be involved in the new battery minerals boom, which was set to reset the WA mining landscape.

The project expanded Tianqi’s production capacity to meet the growing demand for lithium concentrates, a key material in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries, which are used in electric vehicles, battery storage and consumer electronics. The processing plant is the largest of its kind in the world and will produce the highest quality battery grade lithium hydroxide in the market place.

Scope of Work

Installation of:

  • 22kV RMU, 22kV Substation, Kiosk Substations, Spodumene Area Substation, Pyro Area Substation, Hydro Area 6.6kV Substation, Crystallisation Area Substation, Bagging Systems
  • Power, instrument and control cabling
  • Client: MSP Engineering PTY LTD
  • Location: Kwinana, WA
  • Dates: Jan 2018 – Sept 2019
  • Value: 30 million
  • Hours: 182,520