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Covalent hires NRW for $290m contract


Covalent Lithium has awarded NRW Holdings a $290 million contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Mt Holland concentrator project in Western Australia.

Mt Holland is a spodumene mining and concentrator operation in Western Australia which is aiming to produce 340,000 tonnes of spodumene concentrate each year at a rate of two million tonnes per annum

It is 100 per cent owned by Covalent Lithium, which is a joint venture between Wesfarmers and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM).

Covalent will feed spodumene concentrate through Mt Holland to its recently approved Kwinana refinery in Western Australia.

The contractor is a subsidiary of engineering giant Primero Group, which specialises in the design and deployment of resources projects globally.

‘The award of the Mt Holland EPC contract is the culmination of an 18-month journey with the Covalent Lithium team, and demonstrates the trust and solid working relationship between the groups in the development of the project,” Primero managing director Cameron Henry said.

“This project is not only a flagship project for Primero and our parent company NRW Holdings, but also a major project for Western Australia and the further development of the state’s battery minerals supply chain.

“We look forward to the challenge and ongoing relationship with Covalent.”

NRW will deliver the engineering design, procurement of equipment and materials, site construction, commissioning and performance testing of the concentrator as part of the contract.

The works will commence in October and include a peak workforce of 350 personnel.

“We are pleased to see the continued growth of the Primero business, and in particular the scale of projects and quality of clients they continue to attract to the group,” ” NRW chief executive officer Jules Pemberton said

“The project has created opportunities for the combined businesses, and provides a great platform for other clients to understand the depth, capability and capacity of the group as a whole from early project inception and feasibility through turnkey multi-discipline delivery and further.”

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