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Green light given to Stage 2 of Tianqi's Kwinana facility expansion


Posted by Monica Gameng

Tianqi Lithium has approved a $300 million investment to kick-start Stage 2 of its Kwinana lithium processing plant expansion in Western Australia.

Stage 2 of the expansion project is expected to double the processing plant’s annual capacity – from 24,000 tonnes per annum to 48,000 tonnes per annum. This project will also focus on spodumene extraction from the Greenbushes mine, located south of Perth, to support the Kwinana facility.

Approximately 200 construction jobs are expected to be extended – from the current Stage 1 workforce – for this project as well as up to 60 more to be created, especially for operational work once the processing plant is completed.

“Combining work at the processing plant and the mine, the growth in Tianqi’s operations is expected to create more than 735 construction and operational jobs for workers in Perth’s south and WA’s South-West.

“This is great news for Western Australians and I thank Tianqi Lithium for its investment in our State,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

Approvals for Stage 2 of the expansion are already in place. Construction is expected to commence immediately and completed in late 2019.

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Source: Government of Western Australia, The West Australian and Australian Mining

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.