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Kemerton Lithium - Earthworks
The demand for lithium and other specialty metals is growing worldwide and it is exciting for everyone at BGC Contracting that we are involved on this project. This contract puts us in good stead to compete for future stages of the project, including significant packages for piling, roads and concrete foundations.
At the end of 2018 BGC Contracting was awarded the earthworks construction contract for the Albemarle Group’s Kemerton Lithium Project, near Bunbury in Western Australia.
The new Kemerton Plant, a Lithium hydroxide product manufacturing plant, is being constructed within the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area (KSIA), approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury. Initial lithium production is scheduled to commence by 2020 and the plant has an intended operating life of approximately 25 years. The plant will comprise a series of 20,000 tonne per annum (tpa) Lithium Hydroxide Product process trains. Initial production will commence with operation of a single train at a rate of 20,000 tpa, increasing in stages with the addition of up to four more 20,000 tpa trains to a potential output of 100,000 tpa of Lithium Hydroxide Product by around 2025.
BGC Contracting was awarded the first package associated with this new plant. Our work includes early construction access and site facilities installation, site clearing and topsoil management, as well as cut to fill and installation of underground piping and electrical cabling.
The scope of work for this project includes:
- Early construction access and site facilities installation
- Site clearing including topsoil management and contaminated soil management
- Cut to fill totalling
- Significant import and placement of fill from local pits
- Supply and installation of underground piping
- Installation of underground electrical cabling