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Covalent Lithium Processing Refinery – Spooling

Covalent Lithium, are constructing a world-class refinery within the industrial area of Kwinana, 35km south of Perth’s CBD. The refinery operations are expected to recover 75% of the lithium contained in the spodumene concentrate. This high rate of recovery means the plant will be able to produce approximately 50,000 tonnes of battery-quality lithium hydroxide, per year. This amount of lithium hydroxide will enable approximately one million electric vehicles every year to go on the road, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and helping support a greener future.

ICS International Corrosion Services are pleased to be tasked by Civmec to perform the post fabrication treatment of the stainless-steel spooling. The post fabrication treatment will be to pickle and passivate the stainless steel in compliance with ASTM A380 and A967. 


  • Remove surface contaminants that would otherwise cause premature tea staining and corrosion.
  • Treat the heat affected areas that would otherwise be a point of corrosion.
  • Reform the passive/chromium layer that gives the stainless steel its corrosion resistant properties.
  • Treatment will be on all surfaces inside and out.


  • Increased durability and longevity which ties into sustainability.
  • Reduced tea staining and corrosion.
  • Increased corrosion resistance.
  • Reduced maintenance and cost of ownership.
  • Will enable the stainless steel to perform at its optimum best for longer. 

If durability longevity, low cost of ownership and maintenance are important factors pickling and passivation in compliance with ASTM A380 and A967 is critical to achieving these outcomes.