New Lithium Plant approved by McGowan Government

The Albemarle Lithium plant has been granted environmental approval from the McGowan Government, giving the go-ahead for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South West.

The Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, 17kms north east of Bunbury, will be home to the new plant, and will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide product.

All spodumene ore will be sourced Talison’s Lithium Greenbushes, which has recently expanded to supply the rapidly expanding global lithium market.

The Albemarle Kemerton plant is expected to create more than 500 construction jobs, and an initial 100 operational jobs, before increasing to 500 at full operational capacity.

Premier Mark McGowan said it’s a great development for the south west.

He is encouraging Ablemarle to employ locals from the region, to ensure that the local people are the beneficiaries.

The Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Taskforce was established by the McGowan Government earlier this year, and seeks to capitalise on WA’s unique resources and growth in the lithium-ion battery sector.

The task force is working to develop a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy that unlocks the State’s potential in the sector, deliver local jobs and benefits regional communities.

The Ablemarle Kemerton Plant will be the second and largest libitum hydroxide manufacturing plant in WA once constructed.

“The State is a world-leading producer of lithium and WA has an abundant supply of lithium and other battery minerals which is why it’s vital we maximise the opportunities this industry provides, both upstream and downstream, to Western Australians,” said Mr McGowan.

When asked if lithium could be considered the new gold for WA, Mr McGowan said yes.

2:44” This is a new gold rush for WA, lithium will provide good high paying secure jobs for the long term and we’re working hard to make sure we get as much manufacturing, not just mining, out of this industry,” he said.

The Premier wants to make sure WA is a world class lithium producer that maximises jobs, and this development is another sign that the State’s economy is back on track.

“This isn’t just mining, it’s manufacturing… that’s where the jobs will be,” he said.

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