Advanced Northern Territory lithium developer Core Lithium has announced the award of the Engineering, Design and Construction (EPC) contract for the Finniss Lithium Project to Perth-based Primero Group.
Under the agreement, Primero’s scope of work will include project management; engineering and detailed design; equipment and materials procurement; DMS plant construction; quality assurance and construction verification, and ore commissioning on receipt of first ore.
Core Lithium Managing Director, Stephen Biggins said the execution of the EPC contract would commence immediately post Final Investment Decision (FID), with detailed engineering, procurement of long lead time equipment and securing structural steel to occur before the end of 2021.
“Today’s announcement represents the final stage of the Finniss study phase and the first step to unlocking the value of the Finniss lithium resource in the NT,” Mr Biggins noted.
“We are excited to have Primero on board as an experienced and successful lithium EPC contractor and look forward to working together, delivering the DMS plant, creating an exciting opportunity for the people of the NT.
“As we have stated to the market, construction of the Finniss Project is on schedule to commence before the end of 2021, with Primero ready to hit the ground running immediately with initial work, in the lead-up to the commencement of process plant building activities in March next year.
“2022 is shaping up to be a defining year for Core Lithium.”