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Date: 20-Nov-2019


This is your invitation to attend and support the

Annual Sir Frank Ledger Breakfast 2019

When:Wednesday, 20th November, 2019

Where:The Old Brewery, 173 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

Time:Door Opens 7am; Full Breakfast 7:30am

Presentation 7:45am; Finish before 9:00am

Cost:Members: $70.00/person

 Group of Six (One Table) or more: $65/person

Non-Members: $80.00/person

RSVP:Wednesday, 13th November, 2019

Parking: Paid parking at Wilsons adjacent to venue.


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“The Tianqi Lithium Hydroxide Plant”

Capitalising on Value-Adding Advantages for Western Australia

The Tianqi Lithium Hydroxide Plant, located in Kwinana, south of Perth, is the first lithium hydroxide plant outside of China, and is the largest of its kind in the world.It will produce 48,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide per annum.The Kwinana plant incorporates innovative technologies and processes to leverage its capacity to produce the highest quality product.The local, experienced workforce has had the opportunity to work on this state-of-the-art facility with the project providing over 900 construction jobs.In addition, Tianqi Lithium offers exciting job opportunities to over 200 Western Australians, mostly from the local area.Construction commenced in October 2016 and has provided over 900 Construction jobs and is expected to provide 200 long-term production jobs once stage one is in operation. The Commissioning Phase is currently under way in readiness for full-scale production.Tianqi Lithium Australia, is investing over $1 billion into WA.

What is Lithium?

Lithium is the lightest and least dense metal found on the periodic table, and as a good conductor of electricity it is ideal for use in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. There are only two main commercial sources of lithium: mineral/hard-rock (pegmatites) and lithium brine deposits. About 45% of the world’s lithium comes from hard rock; 55% from brines.

Hard rock, or mineral, lithium is a type of rock which contains the lithium-bearing mineral spodumene. Western Australia has a large percentage of hard rock lithium resources and several open pit mines. Key deposits of spodumene are found in Canada, Brazil and Zimbabwe.

Lithium brine deposits occur in high altitude salars (salt lakes). Lithium-bearing brine is pumped to solar evaporation ponds. A concentrated lithium brine will produce 3-6% lithium content and be further processed into a lithium chemical. Key deposits of lithium brine are found in Chile, Argentina and China.

The Presenter

Phil Thick is General Manager of Tianqi Lithium Australia, having joined in August 2016.

Responsible for the construction and operation of this exciting project and with over 30 years’ experience in minerals and chemical processing industries; many of them in Senior Management positions; Phil brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will tell the story of the planning and development this highly significant project from the ground up.

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