Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston
New Kwinana Lithium Refinery To Create More Western Australian Jobs
Victor P Taffa
- Western Australia Lithium set to build lithium refinery in Kwinana, potentially creating 400 Western Australian jobs
- Western Australia Lithium enters into Option to Lease with LandCorp, securing site in Kwinana
- State Budget includes $5.5 million towards developing battery technologies in Western Australia
McGowan Government today welcomed Western Australia Lithium’s decision to proceed with plans to build a new lithium refinery in Kwinana, subject to satisfactory studies.
“Creating and supporting jobs is my Government’s number one priority.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“A new lithium refinery will bring significant investment to the State and local economy, including construction and operational employment opportunities.”
WA Lithium, a 50/50 joint venture between Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Kidman Resources, today signed an agreement to enter into an Option to Lease with LandCorp for the selected site.
“Western Australia is the world’s largest producer of lithium, and the announcement today cements our State as an investment destination for downstream processing.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.
“Our reserves of lithium, nickel, cobalt and other metals, required for new energy technologies, combined with our technical skills and our close proximity to Asia, means Western Australia is well-placed to capitalise on the growing battery market.”
Almost 400 jobs will potentially be created during the construction of the refinery, which is expected to start in mid-2019. Additionally, the company’s lithium mine and concentrator will create about 300 jobs during construction and 150 jobs during the operational phase.
Refinery will produce about 40,000 tonnes p.a. of lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide from the mineral processed at the proposed mine and concentrator at Mt. Holland, south-east of Southern Cross.
Premier Mark McGowan and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston also announced the State Budget would include provisional funding of $5.5 Million to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), to support development and manufacturing of technology metals and renewable energy sources.
MRIWA will invest the funds, if successful, in its bid to establish a New Energy Industry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in WA.
New Energy Industry CRC’s objective will be to create value, through industry-led research, and drive global demand for local products, services and solutions.