Project Update – Innovative Pilot Lithium Extraction Plant

Our teams have commenced the mechanical and electrical installation work on-site at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project site in Cornwall, following a successful Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at Sheers’ engineering facilities in Darlington.

The team have been contracted to deliver the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) pilot plant for GeoCubed, a collaboration between Cornish Lithium Limited, the innovative minerals extraction company and Geothermal Engineering Ltd.  The pilot plant aims to demonstrate that lithium, a chemical element used in electric vehicle batteries, can be produced in the UK with a net zero carbon footprint, derived from naturally occurring geothermal water.

The United Downs site was pre-prepared to accept the various 20ft shipping containers which house the DLE pilot plant process. The shipping containers were successfully delivered from Sheers to site last February, allowing work to progress well on-site with mechanical and electrical site activities, including interconnecting pipework systems, control systems and related power cabling. In addition, chemical storage tanks and supports, provided by Chem Resist Group, were delivered to site during last week and will be mechanically installed to meet the requirements of the established chemical dosing systems within the various sections of the DLE pilot plant process.

The installation phase of the project was completed by the middle of March, with the pilot plant operational phase commencing before the end of the month.

Given the nature of the project, and the timescales involved for design and delivery, RSE and Sheers are delighted to be working alongside GeoCubed and Geolith to successfully deliver the pilot plant project on time and meet client expectations.

Well done to all teams involved to date and we look forward to following the progression of the project!

If you require any further information, please contact us via this website, email or call to speak to a member of our technical team on +44 (0)1325 353337.

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