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
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