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Global Lithium Market Trends

Demand for lithium is rising exponentially due to the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and grid-scale lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.

Mining Technology tracks the global lithium market by observing lithium price trends and analysing worldwide lithium reserves, production, exports, and imports data. We also closely monitor the performance of lithium mining companies and active lithium mines, as well as the progress of major lithium exploration and development projects around the world.

The global lithium metal production is forecast to surpass 100 thousand tonnes (kt) in 2023, according to GlobalData.

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Largest Lithium Producing Countries

Mining Technology ranks the biggest lithium producing countries by analysing lithium production by country based on a comprehensive database that covers major lithium mining locations around the world.

The world’s biggest lithium mining countries in 2021 included Australia, Chile and Argentina.

The top three lithium producing countries together accounted for 87% of the global lithium output in 2021.


Biggest Lithium Mines in the World

Mining Technology keeps a close watch on the production of major lithium mining projects to rank the world’s biggest lithium mines.

With an output of 0.075Mtpa, Mibra Mine in Brazil ranked as the world’s biggest lithium mine in 2021.

The world’s ten biggest lithium mining operations together accounted for 67% of the global lithium metal output in 2021.

Mine Name Country State Owner Mine Type & Method Production 2021 (MTPA)
Mibra Mine Brazil Minas Gerais Advanced Metallurgical Group NV(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.75
Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Project Australia Western Australia Alita Resources Ltd(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.28
Mount Marion Lithium Project Australia Western Australia Mineral Resources Ltd(50%), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd(50%) Surface & Open Pit 0.1
Greenbushes Lithium Operations Australia Western Australia Albemarle Corp(49%), Tianqi Lithium Corp(26.01%), IGO Ltd(24.99%) Surface & Open Pit 0.07
Pilgangoora Project Australia Western Australia Pilbara Minerals Ltd(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.06
Salar de Atacama Mine Chile Antofagasta Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA(100%) In-situ Leaching & In-situ Leaching 0.05
Bikita Mine Zimbabwe Masvingo Bikita Minerals (PVT) Ltd(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.05
Jiajika Project China Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Corp(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.04
Salar de Atacama Mine (Albemarle Corporation) Chile El Loa Albemarle Corp(100%) Surface & To be confirmed 0.04
Mount Cattlin Lithium Mine Australia Western Australia Galaxy Resources Ltd(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.03
Source: GlobalData Top Global Projects

Major Upcoming Lithium Mines

Mining Technology lists the major upcoming lithium mines in the world by comparing annual production capacities of upcoming lithium mining projects.

James Bay Project in Canada is the biggest upcoming lithium mine in the world, with an annual production capacity of 1.58Mtpa.

Kathleen Valley Project (Liontown Resources) in Australia and Mina Do Barroso Project in Portugal are the next major upcoming lithium mines with a capacity of 0.76Mtpa and 0.32Mtpa, respectively.

Mine Name Country State Owner Mine Type & Method Annual Production Capacity (MTPA)
James Bay Project Canada Quebec Galaxy Resources Ltd(100%), Allkem Ltd(100%) Surface & Open Pit 1.58
Kathleen Valley Project (Liontown Resources) Australia Western Australia Liontown Resources Ltd(100%) Surface and Underground & Open Pit/Stoping 0.76
Mina Do Barroso Project Portugal Vila Real Savannah Resources Plc(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.33
Grota Do Cirilo Project Brazil Minas Gerais Sigma Lithium Resources Inc(100%) Surface & To be confirmed 0.22
Arcadia Lithium Project Zimbabwe Mashonaland East Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd(87%), Farvic Consolidated Mines (Pvt) Ltd(13%) Surface & Open Pit 0.17
Sepeda Project Portugal Vila Real Lusorecursos(100%) Surface & Open Pit 0.15
Georgia Lake Project Canada Ontario Rock Tech Lithium Inc(100%) Surface and Underground & Open Pit 0.1
Falchani Project Peru Puno American Lithium Corp(100%) Surface and Underground & Open Pit 0.09
Separation Rapids Project Canada Ontario Avalon Advanced Materials Inc(100%) Surface and Underground & Open Pit 0.08
Jadar Project Serbia Sumadija and Western Serbia Rio Tinto(100%) Underground & To be confirmed 0.06
Source: GlobalData Top Global Projects

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