Covalent Lithium secured land to build lithium refinery in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 2 Sep 2021 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Covalent Lithium has signed a long-term lease agreement with Western Australian government for a 40-hectare site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) to construct a new lithium refinery in Kwinana.

The company is joint venture between subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean chemical company SQM.

The new refinery forms part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project, which involves construction and operation of a spodumene mine and concentrator near Mount Holland in Western Australia.

The project is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and 350 jobs when it is operational.

Kwinana SIA is located 15km south of Fremantle Port and is a centre for chemical and resource-based processing industries.

In addition to the Covalent Lithium refinery, two other lithium refineries are also currently under construction in Western Australia.

Once operational, the refinery is estimated to produce nearly 50,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide annually, which will support the production of batteries for up to one million electric vehicles per year.

State Development, Jobs and Trade minister Roger Cook: “The Kwinana SIA plays a vital role in supporting Western Australia's economy as it is a key part of the State's premier heavy industrial corridor. The Kwinana SIA is already home to major chemical, energy and resource-based processing operations.

“The investment by Covalent Lithium reinforces the importance of the Government's commitment to establishing a globally advanced manufacturing hub for the industrial corridor between Henderson and Rockingham.

“The WA Government is committed to continuing to deliver serviced heavy industrial land to attract investment and create new jobs in this area and in other heavy industrial areas across the State.”

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The lithium refinery is expected to produce nearly 50,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per year. Credit: マクフライ 腰抜け from Pixabay.

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