Harkins will provide peer review and technical support for Piedmont’s planned development of a spodumene concentrator in the historical Carolina Tin-Spodumene Belt (TSB) in North Carolina, US.
20 years of spodumene concentration experience
Harkins has over 35 years’ experience in mineral processing including 20 years in spodumene concentration.
He worked in senior engineering roles at FMC’s (NYSE:FMC) historical Hallman-Beam mine and was in mill management positions for nine years until FMC ceased operations at Hallman-Beam in 1998.
Harkins’ considerable experience in design engineering, operations, management and quality control of spodumene concentration will provide the company with tremendous knowledge as the Piedmont Lithium Project advances into further technical study.
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Harkins will participate in all aspects of Piedmont’s metallurgical test work program and engineering studies in a peer review capacity.
Piedmont president and chief executive officer Keith D. Phillips said: “We are very pleased to welcome Jim Harkins to our team as a Technical Advisor.
“With 20 years of spodumene concentration experience, including 9 years as the mill manager at FMC’s historic Hallman-Beam project, Jim is one of the world’s foremost experts in spodumene concentration, and is a further example of the deep lithium industry talent pool available in Gaston County, NC”.