Troy is a process engineer working within Hatch’s Base Metals group. Troy has been a leading contributor in Hatch’s lithium space for the last two years, playing a key role in projects such as the FEL1 AMG Mineracao concentrator study (project manager), the Desert Lion lithium project (process lead), Lithium Korea’s preliminary basic engineering study (project manager) and the AMG-NV lithium project FEL2 study (project manager). His previous process experience varies from a three-year secondment to PT Vale Indonesia where he was the process lead for a brownfield nickel smelter expansion and also worked on the development of a greenfield nickel matte refinery, to work as a process engineer for the definition phase of the BHP Olympic Dam heap leach demonstration plant project. Troy graduated with 1st Class Honours in a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (extended major)/Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) dual degree from the University of Queensland in 2009.
Assessing the Lithium Value Chain
From 2009–2016, lithium consumption doubled as a result of the rapid growth in Li-ion battery usage. But the boom isn’t over yet. In fact it is just getting under way with analysts predicting a further 4–10x increase in global lithium demand in the next 10 years! Having supply keep pace with this demand whilst satisfying the battery producer’s mandates for purer feedstocks is an interesting challenge to overcome and Hatch is well positioned to be part of the solution. Hatch has been involved in projects in all areas of the lithium value chain, giving us insight into where the incremental supply will come from and where the bottlenecks may be.