Kerman Contracting has been awarded a $23.5 million contract to build a bulk storage facility for Talison Lithium at the Bunbury port in Western Australia. The storage facility is a small portion of Talison’s $512 million Greenbushes mine expansion and will be used to stockpile up to 50 000 tonnes of Spodumene concentrate prior to transportation.
Spodumene concentrate is currently worth around $760 per tonne and is the main input mineral for battery grade Lithium hydroxide and Lithium Carbonate. Talison’s Greenbushes mine is currently the largest hard rock Spodumene mine in the world, with the expansion set to increase their lithium concentrate output by 520 000 tonnes per year.
Kerman’s managing director Chris Kerman said, “We are very pleased to secure this construction contract directly with Talison Lithium, and it complements our company’s strong focus on the significant expansion of the lithium industry in Western Australia.”Construction has already begun and is expected to complete by October 2019.