FLSmidth to Provide Process Engineering Services at Keliber’s Concentrator Plant
Keliber has appointed Danish company FLSmidth to provide process engineering services at its Päiväneva concentrator plant. Keliber and FLSmidth have agreed on the provision of process, layout and mechanical engineering services at the concentrator.
“We have chosen a partner with considerable experience in the mining industry, including lithium production. Our goal is to build a world-class plant that utilises the best available technology, which means safe, environmentally friendly and cost-optimised production,” says Hannu Hautala, CEO of Keliber.
“We are delighted to receive this process engineering order from Keliber. It is a strong proof-point of our know-how in the lithium arena, where we have been a leading provider of high-performing equipment, solutions and expertise for well over 20 years. We now look forward to this next step of designing an efficient, world class, concentrator flowsheet, in line with our MissionZero programme," comments Mikko Keto, Mining President at FLSmidth.
The award of the contract regarding the concentrator plant continues Keliber’s cooperation with FLSmidth, which will soon also see the completion of the basic engineering of high temperature conversion in the rotary kiln at Keliber’s chemical plant located in Kokkola.
The concentrator will be built in the Päiväneva area, which is located on the border of the municipalities of Kaustinen and Kruunupyy, and within the immediate vicinity of lithium deposits. At the concentrator plant, ore will be processed into spodumene concentrate, which will then be transported to the chemical plant in Kokkola, where it will be further processed into lithium hydroxide.
Hannu Hautala, CEO, Keliber, tel. +358 (0)40 712 2432
Keliber is a European, Finnish special chemical and mining company with the aim of producing sustainable, high-purity, battery-grade lithium hydroxide for the growing lithium battery industry in 2024 by utilizing own ore. www.keliber.fi