Galaxy Resources is in the final stages of construction at its Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Project. Substantial progress was made on the project last month, with the plant now 91% complete and set to become the world’s fourth largest producer of battery grade lithium carbonate. Galaxy says it will be ready for commissioning by the end of the year.
Four large kiln and cooler units, which are key pieces of infrastructure, are in the final stages of installation, as are other pieces of equipment and electrical and control cabling.
Galaxy’s managing director Iggy Tan says the company remains on track to complete the project according to its stated schedule and budget. “In addition to the timetable achievements, the Jiangsu construction site continues to maintain its safety record of no Lost Time Injuries. In fact, the company has now recorded four years with no LTIs across all operations, including Mt Cattlin in Australia and Jiangsu, which is a great achievement particularly as we have 840 contractors on site at Jiangsu during dayshift and up to 230 during nightshift.”
The Jiangsu lithium carbonate plant is in the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, northwest of Shanghai. The industrial estate hosts more than 3300 companies including Dupont, Sumitomo and Vopak.
Galaxy plans to annually ship up to 137,000 tonnes of concentrated spodumene from its Mt Cattlin project near Ravensthorpe in Western Australia to the Jiangsu plant. The Zhangjiagang port is less than 500 metres from the plant. The spodumene will then be produced into about 17,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium carbonate.
Lithium compounds are used in the manufacture of ceramics, glass and electronics, and are an essential cathode material for long life lithium-ion batteries used to power e-bikes and hybrid and electric vehicles.