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JordProxa delivers crystallization plants for global battery metal producers

By Gerald Ondrey |


JordProxa Pty Ltd (Perth, Australia) has recently delivered crystallization plants for two major battery-metal producers, solidifying its position in the growing new energy market.

JordProxa designed, fabricated and dispatched several large-scale orders to site, including an evaporator and two crystallization plants to lithium producer Albemarle in Western Australia, and nickel sulfate, cobalt sulfate and ammonium sulfate crystallization plants to Terrafame in Finland. The modular plants are now being installed in Western Australia and installation is underway on site in Finland with the last modules in transit.

JordProxa managing director John Warner says the rapid uptake of electric vehicles has led to a surge in demand for battery chemicals and associated technologies.

“Battery chemical producers need a technology provider that can meet and exceed the demands of product purity, with a focus on continued process improvement, to keep up with changing product specifications,” says Warner.

“JordProxa understands the process fundamentals that influence product quality through evaporation and crystallization. We combine the project delivery skills and global footprint of Jord and Proxa and are perfectly positioned to deliver state of the art plant solutions for ultra-pure battery chemicals at large tonnage scales.”

“We leverage an established network of fabrication alliances and modular design capabilities. This allows us to deliver key assemblies that are tested in the workshop before they are dispatched and installed on site. Our aim is to optimize project delivery time while minimising project risk.”

Jord International CEO Angus Holden says he is pleased the group is demonstrating its technical and operational expertise in the new energy market. “Our track record over 50 years of business demonstrates that we can successfully design and build reliable plants with tangible process benefits.”

“In 2019, we delivered a nickel sulfate crystallization plant to BHP Nickel West. This important crystallizer work from JordProxa delivers on our goal of supporting clean energy technologies and is generating a new long-term, sustainable revenue stream. It has helped our group achieve a record revenue for the 2020 financial year, aided by other new areas of business including enhanced minerals beneficiation and topside modules for offshore gas fields.”


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