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Bilfinger to support Rock Tech Lithium on its construction of Europe’s first lithium refinery: Letter of intent entered into

Ratingen, Germany

Industrial services provider Bilfinger and clean-tech company Rock Tech Lithium have signed a letter of intent for Bilfinger to serve as EPCM (engineering, procurement, construction manager) to Rock Tech Lithium. The agreement relates to the construction of Europe’s first lithium hydroxide converter. The production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide is to be built in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany, and when completed will produce 24,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide annually for the batteries of 500,000 electric cars. Rock Tech’s project is currently at an advanced planning stage. Bilfinger will provide engineering services directly and, in the event of realization, primarily further procurement services as well as construction management.

“The production of lithium hydroxide as a component of electric car batteries is essential for a climate-friendly mobility transition. The concept developed by Rock Tech Lithium for the construction of the lithium refining plant is innovative and technologically convincing. We look forward to helping shape the further steps towards the implementation of the project with our decades of experience in planning and construction management of industrial plants.”

Christina Johansson
Interim-CEO and CFO of Bilfinger

The CEO of Rock Tech Lithium, says: „With Bilfinger, we have found and selected an excellent industrial partner who has crucial experience in the construction of complex industrial plants and can implement our project with the highest level of competence. The cooperation is another significant milestone for Rock Tech Lithium on its way to becoming a leading clean-tech company supplying the automotive industry with high-purity lithium hydroxide. Together with Bilfinger, we want to drive the battery era forward.“

Rock Tech Lithium had announced on October 11, 2021, the construction of Europe’s first lithium refinery and acquired the required site from the city of Guben.

Rock Tech Lithium pursues the goal of producing lithium hydroxide over the entire value chain with the lowest possible impact on the environment. Thus, together with the German Lithium Institute ITEL, the company has developed a zero-waste strategy, which envisages also recycling the by-products of lithium hydroxide production – for example in the gypsum industry. The aim is to recycle the lithium itself at a later stage.

Bilfinger is one of the leading international providers of industrial services and has extensive expertise in plant construction going back many years. The group covers the entire value chain – from consulting through manufacturing to the maintenance of industrial plants – and has already successfully implemented several projects in the electromobility sector, such as [the construction of a BASF production plant for battery materials in Harjavalta, Finland.]