Re­fin­ery de­ci­sion ‘im­mi­nent’

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER | NEWS -

THE un­veil­ing of Kid­man Re­sources’ pro­posed lithium re­fin­ery site is loom­ing, with the de­vel­oper giv­ing the strong­est in­di­ca­tion yet a de­ci­sion is fast- ap­proach­ing.

In a De­cem­ber quar­terly re­port re­leased last week, the Martin Donohue- led firm re­vealed earlystage plan­ning for its lithium re­fin­ery was “pro­gress­ing well, with site selec­tion im­mi­nent”.

Ke­mer­ton – about 10km north­east of Aus­tralind – Kwinana and Kal­go­or­lie- Boul­der are locked in a three- way tus­sle to host the re­fin­ery, ex­pected to em­ploy about 180 work­ers.

Kid­man and its part­ner SQM, have been re­view­ing the three sites since ex­e­cut­ing a $ US110 mil­lion joint- ven­ture deal in Septem­ber.

Af­ter the agree­ment was fi­nalised last year, Mr Donohue said de­ter­min­ing the re­fin­ery’s lo­ca­tion was im­per­a­tive to com­plet­ing its fea­si­bil­ity study and both par­ties were weigh­ing up the pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives of each lo­ca­tion.

The pro­posed re­fin­ery will cater for the spo­dumene ex­tracted at Kid­man’s Mt Hol­land project, about 100km from South­ern Cross, which in­cludes the Earl Grey de­posit.

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