EPCM Fluor Wins Contract for Rare Earths Refinery in Australia
Iluka Resources has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to Fluor Corporation for developing its Eneabba project, a fully integrated rare earths refinery in Eneabba, Western Australia.
Texas/USA – Fluor Corporation has recently announced that its Mining & Metals business was awarded a contract to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for Iluka Resources’ Eneabba project, a fully integrated rare earths refinery in Eneabba, Western Australia. Fluor will book the undisclosed reimbursable contract value in the second quarter of 2022.
Fluor will complete the front-end engineering design and execute the EPCM services to deliver the refinery. The completed refinery will produce both light and heavy rare earth oxides including neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium, which are essential to global electrification. It will have a feed capacity of approximately 55,000 tons per annum to produce an estimated 17,500 tons per annum of rare earth oxides and will be capable of processing rare earth feedstocks sourced from both Iluka’s portfolio and from a range of potential third party concentrate suppliers.
“Rare earths are critical minerals that provide key inputs to a broad range of technologies including the permanent magnets that are essential for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure,” said Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “When completed, the Eneabba project will add significant capacity to an evolving clean technologies ecosystem in Australia.
Fluor’s Perth, Australia office will lead the project. Construction of the refinery is scheduled to begin later this year with first production expected in 2025.