The Port Hedland plant will course of spodumene – a mineral that could be a main supply of lithium – from Australian miners to provide an preliminary 40,000 tonnes each year of main LSM. Subsequent growth is anticipated so as to add an additional 120,000 tonnes each year.
Lithium manufacturing on the new plant will allow the growth of the Tees Valley Lithium (TVL) lithium hydroxide plant on the Wilton Worldwide Chemical substances Park on Teesside within the UK. TVL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alkemy.
Along with TVL’s processing facility, the Alkemy plant in Port Hedland is anticipated to ship a low-carbon, de-risked lithium provide chain between Australian spodumene producers and the burgeoning European lithium battery cell market.
Alkemy and TVL director Sam Quinn commented: “Working with main international metals dealer Traxys to supply the spodumene feedstock for the Port Hedland LSM plant, Alkemy is now progressing discussions to finalise and safe the optimum website for the Port Hedland LSM plant and the definitive spodumene feedstock settlement to underwrite the event of the plant.
“Constructing the Port Hedland LSM plant will present Australian spodumene producers with an entire mid-stream refining answer with direct entry to the European market.
“Importantly, it can additionally carry main downstream processing and worth including to the Pilbara area of Western Australia, with important multiplier advantages for the local people, while decreasing the carbon footprint of the end-to-end lithium battery cell provide chain to fulfill new European emissions requirements.”