Construction has started on a AUD400M ($302M) lithium processing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia.
The plant will have an annual capacity of 24,000t of lithium hydroxide, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2018. The project is expected to lead to the creation of up to 620 jobs during the construction and operations phase.
Premier Colin Barnett said: “This project is a major development for Western Australia and will boost the local economy in Kwinana, with up to 500 jobs to be created during the construction process. More than 115 employees will be needed once the project becomes operational toward the end of 2018.”