Process automation, energy management and electrical distribution are the services included in the contract for ioneer’s Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron project in Nevada, USA.
Santiago de Chile.- ABB won a contract with ioneer Ltd., an emerging supplier of lithium-boron, listed in Australia. The contract is part of a development program at the customer’s Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron project in Nevada, USA, the only known lithium-boron deposit in North America and one of only two such deposits in the world. . The order was confirmed in the first quarter of 2022.
Under the contract, ABB will begin work on systems engineering and optimization for the equipment packages, which include a steam turbine generator, medium and low voltage electrical distribution, power management and plant-wide process automation and systems. instrumentation for power generation, acid and lithium-boron processing plants.
ABB will use its comprehensive ABB Ability™ MineOptimize approach and portfolio of optimized engineering and products, electrification and automation solutions, digital applications and remote services. MineOptimize integrates individual mining solutions into a connected and structured plant-wide system to optimize all stages of the lifecycle – from design and construction to operation and servicing, of any open pit or underground mine and processing plant. mineral processing. This approach helps mining companies optimize CAPEX and maximize productivity, sustainability and safety.
“The contract with ABB is one of the largest supply packages we have awarded at Rhyolite Ridge and represents another step in the development of the project,” said Bernard Rowe, Managing Director of ioneer. “ABB is focused on providing environmentally friendly technology and engineering solutions. This aligns with ioneer’s ambition to not only produce materials needed for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure, but to do so in an efficient and environmentally responsible way through reduced emissions.”
“The Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project represents an opportunity for the United States and the world to secure the supply of minerals necessary for a successful transition to sustainable transportation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Joachim Braun, Division President. of ABB’s Process Industries. “We look forward to working with ioneer as your technology partner as development progresses. This contract provides clear recognition of our world-class experience, knowledge and technologies. It is also important to note that our localized focus and strength in the service and aftermarket were important factors for ioneer when it came to choosing a partner.”
Improving America’s supply chains of critical minerals is a focus of the US federal government to foster growth in the clean energy economy, such as electric vehicles that rely on lithium for batteries. ioneer and ABB are founding members of the Zero Emissions Transportation Association (ZETA), which is an industry coalition that advocates for policies to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States.
The site at Rhyolite Ridge is the only known lithium-boron deposit in North America and one of only two such deposits in the world. It is expected to become a globally profitable and long-lasting source of lithium and boron, vital for a sustainable future. ABB’s unique mineralogy, coupled with the use of commercially proven ABB equipment and technology, allows lithium and boron to be extracted at low cost and in an environmentally sustainable manner.