The Australian Mining Review - - KWINANA LITHIUM & GREENBUSHES MINE -

In March 2017, Tal­i­son Lithium (a joint ven­ture be­tween Albe­marle and Tianqi Lithium, the par­ent com­pany of Tianqi Lithium Aus­tralia) an­nounced a $320 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to dou­ble pro­duc­tion at its Green­bushes mine.

The his­toric mine, 250km south of Perth and about 90km south east of the Port of Bun­bury, has pro­duced lithium for more than 25 years and tan­ta­lum since the 1940s, and un­der an ex­pan­sion will ex­pand LCE ca­pac­ity from 80,000mtpa to more than 160,000mtpa.

The mine cur­rently pro­duced about 65,000 tonnes of lithium car­bon­ate equiv­a­lent each year.

Com­mis­sion­ing of the ex­pan­sion was ex­pected to be­gin in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019.

How­ever, the ex­pan­sion plans have since been mud­dled by an on­go­ing le­gal dis­pute be­tween Tal­i­son and Global Ad­vanced Me­tals, which claims the up­grade will waste the mine’s tan­ta­lum re­source, over which it has rights.

Tianqi Lithium Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Phil Thick said while he couldn’t com­ment on the le­gal ac­tion, as far has he knew the Green­bushes ex­pan­sion was “pro­gress­ing and on sched­ule”.

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