Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. DrM, Dr Mueller AG has signed a contract for the supply of specialised filtration equipment for Tianqi Lithium Australia’s newest lithium hydroxide processing plant, which will be located in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Tianqi Lithium, which controls a majority stake in the Greenbushes mine, the world’s premier producer of lithium concentrate from spodumene, is building a downstream processing plant for lithium hydroxide in Kwinana, 40 km south of Perth. The plant will convert around 161,000 Te per year of spodumene concentrate into 24,000 Te of lithium hydroxide, for use in the growing global market for lithium ion batteries.
DrM has won a contract for supplying equipment that will support critical functions in the overall process. DrM’s CONTIBAC® candle filters will be used as main process filters on three key extraction stages and a number of DrM CONTIBAC® SM filters will be deployed in key areas as guard filters.
Whilst the commercial aspects of the project were handled from DrM’s SEA Sales and After-Sales Service Centre in Malaysia, the units will be manufactured at DrM’s Asian production plant located in Shanghai and be supplied as complete modular skid mounted filtration units. DrM has already supplied a number of process filters to Tianqi’s lithium processing plants in P R China and Tianqi now operate a range of DrM CONTIBAC® candle filters (slurry discharge) and FUNDABAC® candle filters (dry cake discharge) units
for lithium processing.
This latest contract has been awarded due to DrM supplying “the best available technology” and the long-term experience with the economy of operation, reliability and efficiency of the DrM systems.
Scope: 5 x CONTIBAC® candle Process units, 6 CONTIBAC® SM Guard units
Customer: Tianqi Lithium, Australia
EPC: MSP, Perth