In positive news for the Bunbury Geographe Region, Albemarle recently received the required environmental approval from the Australian federal and state government for their Lithium Hydroxide processing plant in Kemerton. That such a large international company has shown such confidence in the region will only encourage further industry investment.
A GWN news segment on the new processing plant featuring the BGEA CEO Chris McNamara can be seen below and starts at 8 minutes 20 seconds.
Albemarle’s own press release can be seen below.
Albemarle Begins Earthworks at Kemerton Project, Remains On-Target in Western Australia Expansions
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced today that it has begun earthworks at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, for the construction of the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion site.
Albemarle recently received the required environmental approval from the Australian federal and state government for the Kemerton plant.
“The site earthworks at Kemerton today are on track with our projections,” said Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium. “Achieving this milestone underscores our commitment and confidence in developing LiOH operations in Western Australia and in our overall strategy to drive significant shareholder value and meet our customers’ demands.”
As previously disclosed, the Kemerton plant would have an initial capacity of 60,000 metric tons of LiOH with an ability to expand to 100,000 metric tons over time. The commissioning of the Kemerton site is expected to start in stages during the course of 2021.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. We power the potential of companies in many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. Working side-by-side with our customers, we develop value-added, customized solutions that make them more competitive. Our solutions combine the finest technology and ingredients with the knowledge and know-how of our highly experienced and talented team of operators, scientists and engineers.
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A WA State Government media statement from the Deputy Premier can also be seen at the link below.