Lithium

Australia currently produces approximately 43% of the world’s lithium through mining, based on contained lithium tonnes and contains approximately 17% of the world’s reserves (USGS 2018). A significant source and reserve of lithium is from the Salars in South America. Australia’s only source of lithium is from the mineral spodumene (Li2O.Al2O3.4SiO2) present in LCT pegmatites (Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum). Spodumene is beneficiated from these ores by Dense Medium Separation (DMS) at coarse sizes and flotation at fine sizes to produce concentrates typically above 6% Li2O.

Batteries use almost half of the world’s current production of lithium at 46% followed by ceramics and glass at 27% and then greases at 7% (USGS 2018). Spodumene is required to be processed into either lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide for use in batteries. Tianqi Lithium are currently completing construction a lithium hydroxide plant at Kwinana, with construction already started on the expansion to double capacity to 48,000 tonnes a year. A JV between SQM and Kidman Resources has chosen Kwinana as site for a 44,000 tonnes a year of lithium hydroxide refinery.

Range of Lithium Capabilities:

  • Metallurgical testplans
  • Project management
  • Metallurgical summary reports
  • Flowsheets
  • Mass balances
  • P&IDs
  • Vendor evaluation
  • Project implementation
  • Engineering studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Process description/Equipment lists
  • Detailed design
Lithium

Please send through your enquiry today via email to info@metsengineering.com and we will call you to discuss your project.

Lithium Project Experience:

ClientProjectService
AlturaPilgangoora ProjectPFS Metallurgical Testwork
AlturaPilgangoora ProjectScoping Study
TalisonGreenbushesSpodumene Metallurgical Testwork
SnowdenLithium ProjectProject Due Diligence
Galaxy ResourcesMt CatlinDue Diligence
Galaxy ResourcesShanghai RefineryDue Diligence
Galaxy ResourcesBrine ProjectDue Diligence
ConfidentialLithium ProjectDue Diligence for Bank Finance
ConfidentialConfidentialLepidolite Testwork
CPR TalisonGreenbushesDue Diligence
Viking AshantiThailandLithium
ConfidentialBene ProjectLepidolite
ConfidentialConfidentialDue Diligence for Bank Finance
ConfidentialConfidentialSpodumene Processing
Viking MinesConfidentialLepidolite
ConfidentialConfidentialLithium Testwork
ConfidentialConfidentialLithium Clay Review
ConfidentialBrine ProjectDue Diligence
ALTALithium CourseTraining
Bain CapitalProject StarkDue Diligence Report
RCF CapitalAltura Lithium ProjectDue Diligence Report
RCF CapitalPilbara Minerals Lithium ProjectDue Diligence Report

Sharing Our Knowledge:

Lithium Processing Course

There are many benefits of attending this course. Participants will improve their knowledge on the uses of and processing and production of lithium. The course assumes no prior knowledge and is available for anyone in the industry. Read more about our course here.