Pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties dream for re­gion

North West Telegraph - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The WA Gov­ern­ment is keen to pur­sue new down­stream pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the Pil­bara as the re­gion’s lithium min­ers be­gin to re­alise the po­ten­tial of the emerg­ing sec­tor.

Al­tura Min­ing be­gan mov­ing lithium spo­dumene from Pil­gan­goora to Port Hed­land in July.

A re­fin­ery and pro­cess­ing plant are be­ing built in Kwinana but Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the State also wanted to look at the Pil­bara for sim­i­lar in­dus­try.

“I think one of our chal­lenges is to see if we can es­tab­lish a pro­cess­ing of that lithium in the Pil­bara,” she said. “As a State we are ab­so­lutely de­ter­mined to go through re­fin­ing, elec­tro­chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing and bat­tery pro­duc­tion be­cause we have every el­e­ment of that sup­ply chain.

“We want to keep alive the dream that we may be able to do that in the Pil­bara, at least a num­ber of the first two stages.”

In June, Neomet­als an­nounced a plan to build a lithium pro­cess­ing plant in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

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