The technology provided by FLSmidth includes a clarifier, Pneumapress filters, Shriver filter press, OTG polishing filters and a pyromet dryer package.
The technology package also includes other equipment such as the reactors, ion exchange, pneumatic transport system and a bagging package. Equipment delivery will begin shortly and the contract will be complete by end of 2022.
The 25,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) extraction facility will provide technical-grade lithium carbonate which, with further purification, will be used to produce battery cathodes for the growing electric vehicle market.
FLSmidth will also provide site services including installation supervision, commissioning and training.
"Following our involvement in extensive process design at Olaroz, we are very excited Sales de Jujuy has entrusted FLSmidth to supply technologies for their new, world-class lithium extraction plant in Argentina. This order, in addition to the other lithium extraction orders announced earlier in 2021, confirms FLSmidth's leading position as the technology provider of choice for all types of lithium deposits globally. It's also satisfying to partner with a company that shares FLSmidth's commitment to environmentally sound lithium production - a great match for our MissionZero ambitions," comments Mikko Keto, Mining President, FLSmidth.
"FLSmidth is a world leader in environmentally sound lithium processing technologies. This aligns with Sales de Jujuy's ambition to not only produce materials necessary for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure, but to do so in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner through lowered emissions and significantly reduced water usage," notes Fernando de la Calle, Engineering Project Director on the customer side.