Fluor Corporation (FLR) has announced that its Mining & Metals business was awarded a contract to perform engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) for Iluka Resources Limited’s Eneabba project, a fully integrated rare earth 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 to 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 tonnes per annum to produce an estimated 17,500 tonnes 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.
Fluor’s Perth, Australia office will lead the project. Construction of the refinery is scheduled to begin later this year with the first production expected in 2025.