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WATER TREATMENT: Veolia supplies plant to Greenbushes mine

WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Veolia technologies used at the water treatment plant allow doubling the output at the largest hard rock lithium mine in the world. The mine is owned by Talison Lithium of Perth.

A new Veolia water treatment plant will allow Talison to double lithium output at Greenbushes. (Image: Talison Lithium)

The mine is located adjacent to the town of Greenbushes, approximately 250 km south of Perth. The Greenbushes lithium mine water treatment plant will be constructed utilising some of Veolia Water Technologies core technologies.

After extensive engineering and test work, Veolia will provide a water treatment plant solution based on ACTIFLO clarification, CeraMem ultrafiltration, high recovery RO and two stage EVALED thermal evaporation. The water treatment plant is designed to a handle a maximum flow of 150 m3/h and achieve the highest overall water recovery possible.

This new water treatment plant will enable Talison to double the output from the Greenbushes operation and satisfy the environmental requirements to reduce lithium contained in the onsite mine water prior to discharge to the environment.

While preliminary activities have already commenced, the construction of the plant is scheduled to be completed and operational in 2019.

Veolia Water Technologies provides water and wastewater treatment solutions to private and public sector organisations throughout Australasia – offering the complete range of services required to design, build, operate, maintain, upgrade and manage water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems. At Veolia, we draw on comprehensive and advanced international expertise, covering areas such as water chemistry, water reuse and desalination.

Veolia Water Technologies also provides construction and maintenance services for water distribution and wastewater collection systems and refurbishment services for large parts of Australia’s urban water networks and sewerage systems. We pioneer the use of minimal impact techniques to assess and upgrade networks. Our consulting services help municipal and water utilities organisations maximise revenue from their water services.

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