Phase 1 Integrated Project

Namibia, UAE
Following award of the contract to provide early works and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for Lepidico’s Phase 1 Integrated Project in April 2021, Lycopodium was subsequently awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the project, which consists of the development of the Karibib mine and mineral process plant in Namibia and the Phase 1 Chemical Plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Lepidico is a chemical company with global interests, focused on the development and operation of lithium assets, particularly those containing lithium-rich mica minerals. The company has developed the proprietary L-Max® and LOH-Max® technologies, which are hydrometallurgical processes to extract and recover lithium and other alkali metals from lithium containing micas and phosphates.

Two open-pit mines will be redeveloped at the Karibib Project in Namibia, including the construction of a mineral concentrator and associated infrastructure at the site. The lithium-mica concentrate produced at Karibib will be shipped from Namibia to the chemical plant in the UAE.

The Phase 1 Chemical Plant will be located in the Khalifa Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and will process 56,700 dtpa of lithium bearing mica concentrates to produce approximately 5,000 tpa of lithium hydroxide monohydrate and several by-products.

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