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Keliber hires FLSmidth for lithium concentrator plant

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(Kitco News) - Keliber, a Finnish mining and chemical company focused on producing battery grade lithium hydroxide, announced Monday that it has appointed Danish company FLSmidth to provide process engineering services at its Päiväneva lithium concentrator plant.

The company said that Keliber and FLSmidth have agreed on the provision of process, layout and mechanical engineering services at the concentrator.

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, Keliber added.

“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," said CEO Hannu Hautala.

The company added that 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.

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.

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