Meet Andrew Wydler, Process Manager at Global Lithium Resources.
Andrew’s role sees him guiding and supervising all aspects of process development for the Manna Lithium Project, including testwork to finalise the process plant flowsheet and ensuring lithium recoveries are optimised; he also manages process engineering aspects of the DFS and detailed engineering to ensure that the processing plant is designed and constructed as ‘fit-for-purpose’, and capable of handling the variability in feed ore grade expected throughout the LOM of the project.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Curtin University in 1991 and shortly after began work as a production engineer at Western Mining Corp’s Kwinana Nickel Refinery, one of Australia’s most complex hydrometallurgical plants. In 1996 he was recruited by the Canadian enterprise Sherritt to work as a design engineer on the Murrin Murrin Nickel Laterite Project, where he spent four years involved in the project’s design, construction, commissioning and operational handover.
He spent the next decade of his career in various roles at SNC Lavalin, Worley, Battery Limits, IMO, CleanTeq, where he worked on studies across a range of commodities including base metals, molybdenum and uranium, and was also involved in two brownfield expansions at WMC’s Kwinana Nickel Refinery. He then spent five years working on development of the Kvanefjeld Rare Earth and Uranium Project in Greenland, with Greenland Minerals and Energy to DFS stage; three years on the Mulga Rock Uranium Project with Vimy Resources, also to DFS stage; and four years on the Mardie Salt and Potash Project for BCI Minerals, to FEED stage. He then joined Global Lithium in July 2023, excited to move into a role within the lithium sector.
“I enjoy all aspects of process engineering work, in particular developing projects from scratch, scoping and carrying out testwork programs to establish process flowsheets, then developing process design packages to use in engineering studies to establish the economics of the projects,” he says. “I have been keen to get involved in the lithium sector for a while now, adding to my experience with other critical energy metals; I’m excited to be working with Global Lithium, being a part of the next lithium project to come online in Western Australia and contributing to a clean energy future.”
Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and soccer (regularly combining his love of soccer and travelling – having attended four of the last five men’s soccer world cups!).Back