Due to our performance during the construction phase of Stage 1, in 2020 SMS was awarded the maintenance and operations contract at Tianqi Lithium Plant.
We are currently undertaking scaffolding, rope access, and confined space management works. SMS has transitioned its’ kiosk model from construction through to maintenance, with a current stock holding at Tianqi of 600 tonnes.
We have assisted Tianqi with an integrated, multidisciplinary team rostered alongside Tianqi’s maintenance team. We have completed all shutdowns this year. We have facilitated Tianqi’s goal to produce first battery grade LHM product.
A prime example of this was our stellar performance during the March 2022 shutdown. After being told there was no scaffold work required throughout the shut, our Site Supervisor and his crew (pictured) received a heavy load of jobs from Tianqi towards the end of the shutdown. The boys took it in their stride and completed the given works without hesitation, working extra hours and going onto nightshift when needed.
During their RNR, our other site supervisor’s crew were also working additional hours when required, helping to complete all works on schedule and most importantly, without any injury or incidents, which is particularly impressive considering the time pressure.