Galaxy Resources has achieved mechanical completion of its Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Project in China, a month ahead of the revised schedule. The company has received Construction Completion Certificates with associated exceptions and punch lists for all areas of the plant from EPCM contractor, Hatch Engineering.
Galaxy says the construction effort at Jiangsu has been accelerated and the mechanical completion was a very important milestone. Under a revised project schedule, announced in July, Galaxy had targeted completion by the end of the year. It says project costs are expected to close in line with previous budget estimates.
Managing director Iggy Tan says, “The large construction workforce is being demobilized, with only a skeleton crew to remain on site to complete the exceptions and final punch list items. The majority of the Hatch EPCM personnel have also been de-mobilized.
“Galaxy is processing applications for final production approvals and licences with relevant government departments and is targeting first production during first quarter of 2012.”
The company has also commenced cold commissioning, which it says will take about two months. Cold commissioning involves checking and ensuring the integrity of plant, equipment, electrical, instrumental and control systems. Once it is completed, hot commissioning of the plant and equipment will commence, followed by the introduction of process materials and the start-up phase.
Galaxy said some parts of the plant, like the packaging and micronizer units, had already been cold commissioned ahead of schedule. These units have been handed over to Galaxy operation ready for the final stage of commissioning and start-up.