Final Stage Commissioning of the Talison Greenbushes Low Grade Lithium Project

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MSP Engineering Pty Ltd, formally known as McSweeney Partners, has today announced successful final commissioning of the $8.9m Talison Minerals Greenbushes Low Grade Lithium Project.

In late 2007, Talison commissioned MSP Engineering to undertake a scoping study to recover fine lithium product from its HMS circuit at its Greenbushes Operations, located south of Perth in Western Australia.

Following completion of the study, MSP was awarded the complete process, engineering design and construction contract in February 2008.

With a tight project schedule and target completion date, the project achieved practical completion on 2nd February 2009 and within the planned schedule and budget.

MSP recognise the valued assistance and collaborative approach provided by Talison and their team onsite.

This project sees the continued and long term successful association MSP Engineering has enjoyed with Sons of Gwalia and its successor Talison, who acquired the Wodgina (located in the Pilbara region) and Greenbushes assets in 2007 from Sons of Gwalia.

MSP's work with Sons of Gwalia, and more recently with Talison, has seen the successful completion of over 40 diversified engineering projects managing in excess of $ 60.0m worth of works. This has included projects at Greenbushes, such as the HMS Expansion, Secondary Plant Upgrade, Lithium Crushing Circuit and Lithium Minerals Upgrade. At Wodgina, projects have included the Stage 1 Upgrade, Tantalite Expansion, North Camp Expansion and Cyclone George Remediation Projects including the new cyclone refuge facility.

Mr Peter McSweeney, a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years resource industry experience, and Managing Director of McSweeney Partners since the early 1990's, has seen the business's transition from a small mining consultancy to its position today as a mid-tiered, privately held, resource development firm specialising in the evaluation, engineering design, project management and construction of minerals processing facilities and associated infrastructure, both in Australia and overseas.

MSP has over 30 dedicated professional and para-professionals including process, mechanical, structural, civil and electrical engineers, design managers, draftspersons, project managers, construction managers, supervisors and project controllers.

In November 2008, McSweeney Partners changed its company name to MSP Engineering Pty Ltd. The name change reflects the introduction of key stakeholders, Mr Craig Burton and Mr David McSweeney, into the business in December 2007.

Mr McSweeney states "I believe that the introduction of the key stakeholders, and the recent company name change to MSP Engineering Pty Ltd, supports and reflects MSP's objectives to continue growing through a collaborative relationship with our clients, whilst providing a culture which develops and incentivises our people to excel."

"With the current economic climate we continue to see an array of opportunities for the business and its people to continue to grow." 

"Whilst we consider that the level of resource projects converting from conceptual studies through to design and construction over the next few years will likely slow down, we believe that MSP's significant and long term expertise in less hard hit commodities such as gold and industrial minerals will continue to provide significant growth opportunities for the business."

"Obviously in this market the business has to place a greater focus on pursuing additional opportunities. But conversely, with the recent downturn we have experienced an increase in available engineering and design resources to meet these opportunities."

Mr McSweeney believes that MSP's position as a mid-tiered, privately held resource development consultancy providing a diverse range of services presents additional career development and incentive opportunities for engineers and other professionals, then what they may otherwise have in a larger public company.

MSP has also recently opened a West Perth office in addition to its Balcatta Head Office.

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