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Head contract awarded for part of $1B metal project

Ablemarle Lithium
Ablemarle Lithium

An engineering contractor has won the primary tender for a $1 billion exotic metal project in the nation’s southwest.

Monadelphous Group recently secured the major construction contract for Albemarle Lithium’s Kemerton Lithium Hydroxide Plant about 17km north of Bunbury, Western Australia.

Monadelphous is tasked with delivering the pyromet structural, mechanical and piping package and associated piping fabrication for the lithium hydroxide plant.

Opportunities promised to locals

Construction is expected to begin imminently and end in early 2021. The contractor promises to support the local community through offering local supply opportunities and employment for 500 people during construction and a further 500 once operational.

Positions will be advertised on the Monadelphous careers website.

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“We look forward to working with Albemarle for the first time on the construction of such an important project and to expand our presence in the growing lithium sector,” Monadelphous managing director Rob Velletri said in a public statement.

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