The West Australian government has approved Albemarle's plans, based in the US. UU., To build a lithium production facility in the state.
The plant will produce up to 100,000 tonnes / year of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five process trains of 20,000 tons per year and will produce up to 1.1 million tonnes per year of tailings and is expected to generate over 500 construction work and up to 500 permanent jobs.
"My government's top priority is to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australia, so important stages of this kind support our efforts to improve Western Austria's economy and increase employment opportunities" said Prime Minister Mark McGowan.
"The lithium factory in Albemarle is yet another step closer to establishing its operations that will generate hundreds of local jobs."
The construction of these trains will take place over the next ten years, with the construction of the first trains to be launched in 2018. The plant will process the mineral spore concentrate supplied by the Talison mine in Greenbushes, the largest source of ore concentrate in the country. spodumene in the south. hemisphere.
Once built, the Albemarle Kemerton plant will be the second largest lithium hydroxide plant to invest in Western Australia in two years.
"The state is a world leader in lithium production, and Western Australia has a supply of lithium and other battery minerals, so it's vital to maximize the opportunities offered by this industry, both upstream and downstream, to Australians. Westerners, "McGowan said. .
Earlier this year, the state government has set up a working group of the lithium-energy materials industry to harness the resources and unique growth of the state in the lithium-ion battery.
The Working Group works through government and in close collaboration with industry and research organizations to develop a strategy on lithium and energy materials that unlocks the state's potential in the sector, provides local jobs and economic diversification and benefits by regional communities.