The Government of Western Australia approved Albemarle's plans, based in the United States. UU., To build a lithium factory in the state.
The plant will produce up to 100,000 tonnes / year of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five process trains of 20,000 t / year and produce up to 1.1 million tonnes per year of felling and are expected to generate more than 500 jobs of construction and up to 500 permanent jobs.
"My government's primary priority is to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australia, so important milestones as these support our efforts to improve the economy of Western Australia and increase job opportunities," said Prime Minister Mark McGowan.
"Albemarle lithium factory is another step closer to establishing its business that will generate hundreds of local jobs."
The construction of these trains will take place in the next ten years with the construction of the first train to start in 2018. The plant will process the spumum ore concentrate delivered from the Talison mine in Greenbushes, the largest source of ore concentrate in the country. spodum to the south. hemisphere.
Once the Albemarle Kemerton plant is built, it will be the second largest lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant that will invest in Western Australia in two years.
"The state is a world-leading producer of lithium and western Australia has a good range of lithium and other battery minerals, so it's important that we maximize the opportunities industry brings upstream and downstream, to the Australians. Westerners," said McGowan. .
Earlier this year, the government established a working party of the lithium energy industry to exploit the state's unique resources and growth in the lithium-ion battery industry.
The working group works through government and close with industry and research organizations to develop a lithium and energy material strategy that liberates state potential in the sector, offers local jobs and economic diversification and regional benefits.