Refinery decision ‘imminent’
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.