Critical Elements has awarded an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract to the Primero Group for its Rose Lithium-Tantalum project in Northern Quebec, Canada.

As part of the first phase of the ECI contract, Primero will review and assimilate all of the existing design and data and initiate selected engineering deliverables to achieve 25% engineering definition.

The company will also formulate a guaranteed maximum price for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum project’s plant and associated process supporting infrastructure, and submit a proposal to progress to the next phase.

Critical Elements chairman and CEO Jean-Sébastien Lavallée said: “We are very excited to award the ECI contract to Primero, an industry leader in the engineering and construction of spodumene processing plants as evidenced by their quality and efficient construction of Tawana Resources’ Bald Hill mine as well as their involvement in projects successfully developed by Pilbara Minerals, Galaxy Resources and Altura Mining.

“With our recent announcement that the impact assessment statement for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project has been deemed complete by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and continued interest in our strategic partner process, Critical Elements is on track in its permitting and project development timelines.”

“Critical Elements is on track in its permitting and project development timelines.”

The ECI phase two front end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum project will involve the finalisation of a selected set of engineering deliverables to achieve nominally 40% engineering definition.

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Primero will also complete the contracting strategy and partnership for construction, and optimise and reduce contingency applied to the GMP to formulate a lump sum cost estimate for the process plant.

Primero will be responsible for performing all construction activities associated with the process plant and infrastructure.