MONTREAL, Aug. 17,
2023 /CNW/ - SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC), a fully
integrated professional services and project management company
with offices around the world, has been awarded an initial works
contract by EcoProBM, a global leader specializing in cathode
materials, to design and build one of Canada's largest Cathode Active Material (CAM)
plants in Bécancour, Québec. The initial works contract is worth
approximately $141 million, and
represents SNC-Lavalin's first major mandate in the electric
vehicle (EV) battery market in Canada.
"With a unique endowment of critical minerals, an established
manufacturing and industrial base, and a largely decarbonized and
expanding power grid, Canada has
an opportunity to establish an end-to-end supply chain that can
support growing domestic and international EV demand," commented
Ian L. Edwards, President and Chief
Executive Officer, SNC-Lavalin. "SNC-Lavalin is strongly positioned
to support governments and manufacturers and deliver on the diverse
pipeline of opportunities arising from the EV revolution, both in
Canada and around the world, with
our unique end-to-end capabilities that span across industries like
mining, industrial & manufacturing, and clean power, all of
which support the battery and EV markets."
SNC-Lavalin's Engineering Services groups will provide EcoProBM
with initial concept design, basic design, and project management
and delivery related to the establishment of the plant.
Cathode Active Material &
For electric vehicles, CAM is a key battery component. It
represents about 40 per cent of the cost of a battery cell.
EcoProBM, the global top high nickel cathode active material
maker, has formed a joint venture with Ford Motor Co. and the
world's leading cell maker SK On Co., to establish the $1.3 billion dollar CAM plant in the Bécancour
Industrial Park, located between Quebec
City and Montreal. Canada
represents EcoProBM's second overseas factory. Production of the
three lines is expected to begin in April
2026. This plant will have a production capacity of 45,000
tonnes per year.
"EcoProBM's team has been working with SNC-Lavalin for over 15
months on previous contracts in a fully collaborative approach.
SNC-Lavalin's project team has demonstrated their knowhow, vision
and ability to respond & adjust to the requirements of
fast-moving project objectives. Our teams collaborated on
developing all technical and planning needs for a fast-track
design-build full delivery project. We made an excellent choice in
selecting SNC-Lavalin as preferred partner for our first CAM
project in North America, fully
entrusting them to deliver the project to our full expectations,"
said Mr. Sang-Young OH, Managing Director in Global strategy &
Planning at EcoProBM.
"EcoProBM has selected us to carry out this initial work because
of our demonstrated expertise across numerous disciplines, unique
end-to-end service offering, and solid supply chain, all of which
we've demonstrated via early engagement in this ambitious project,"
said Bob Alger, President,
Major Projects, SNC-Lavalin. "Via a
collaborative contracting agreement, we look forward to helping
EcoProBM realize its vision for the future of Canadian automotive
manufacturing, and demonstrating that SNC-Lavalin is the partner of
choice in establishing battery manufacturing plants and other
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