Tuesday 12th Nov, 2019

Largest lithium plant of its kind launched in WA

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One of the largest lithium hydroxide plants of its kind in the world has been launched in Kwinana, Western Australia, and is expected to generate around $800 million per year in exports.

Once fully operational, the two-stage Tianqi Lithium plant will produce 48,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide a year.

Construction has created jobs for more than 900 people and involved more than 80 per cent local content.

There are five lithium hydroxide plants in consideration in WA, including Tianqi’s Kwinana lithium hydroxide plant.

“I welcome Tianqi Lithium’s significant investment and confidence in our state to grow its lithium hydroxide plant, create jobs and provide a boost to the local economy,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

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“We know that lithium is critical in renewable energy storage and electric car batteries, and we want to ensure Western Australia is at the forefront in the battery value chain and strengthen our position as a world leader in exports of future battery minerals, materials, technology and expertise.

“We are engaging with industry representatives in mining, downstream processing, chemical manufacturing, construction, energy and the unions to ensure the Future Battery Industry Taskforce responds to industries’ needs locally and overseas.”

It follows the creation of the Western Australian Future Battery Industry Strategy, which aims to create jobs and develop skills.

An online register has also been developed to help future battery industry proponents access State and Federal government funding.

The Western Australian Government has been collaborating with industry and research organisations to attract investment, facilitated projects and develop the local research and technology sector.

“This Kwinana plant highlights what the WA Government is doing with industry to support Western Australia’s burgeoning future battery industry,” said Deputy Premier and Member for Kwinana Roger Cook.

“It’s crucial that we continue to invest in the Kwinana industry strip, which provides a valuable contribution to the State’s economy.

“Having a first of its kind lithium hydroxide plant right here in Kwinana demonstrates WA’s capacity in downstream processing, creating jobs content and using local content.”

Lithium was WA’s sixth largest mineral sector in 2018.