UK’s first large-scale merchant lithium refinery announced
Source: The Engineer
Tuesday, 8 November 2022
Business secretary Grant Shapps yesterday visited Teesside to announce the UK’s first large-scale merchant lithium refinery.
The refinery promises to deliver more than 1,000 jobs in construction and 250 long-term high-skilled jobs once operational. It aims to produce 50,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium a year and enable manufacturers to build over one million electric vehicles.
Lithium is an essential component of batteries and a secure supply will be critical for the automotive and energy industries. Currently, 89 per cent of the world’s lithium processing takes place in East Asia and there are currently no lithium refineries in Europe. Green Lithium aims for this to be the first merchant lithium refinery outside of Asia.
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