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September 8, 2021

World’s ten largest lithium mines in 2020

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest lithium mines by production across the world in 2020, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Pilgangoora Mine

The Pilgangoora Mine is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Pilbara Minerals, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 1.748 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine will operate until 2031.

2. Mount Cattlin Mine

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Mount Cattlin Mine is owned by Galaxy Resources. The surface mine produced an estimated 1.344 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine will operate until 2027.

3. Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Project

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The Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Project is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Alita Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 0.849 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine will operate until 2027.

4. Mibra Mine

Owned by Advanced Metallurgical Group, the Mibra Mine is a surface mine situated in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 0.754 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2034.

5. Mount Marion Lithium Project

The Mount Marion Lithium Project is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Mineral Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 0.496 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine is expected to operate until 2047.

6. Chaerhan Lake Mine

The Chaerhan Lake Mine is situated in Qinghai, China. Owned by Qinghai Salt Industry, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 0.328 mtpa of lithium in 2020.

7. Pilgangoora Project

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Pilgangoora Project is owned by Pilbara Minerals. The surface mine produced an estimated 0.311 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine will operate until 2060.

8. Jiajika Project

The Jiajika Project is a surface mine located in Sichuan, China. Owned by Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 0.126 mtpa of lithium in 2020.

9. Salar de Atacama Mine

Owned by Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, the Salar de Atacama Mine is a in-situ leaching mine situated in Antofagasta, Chile. The brownfield mine produced an estimated 0.072 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2030.

10. Greenbushes Lithium Operations

The Greenbushes Lithium Operations is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 0.066 mtpa of lithium in 2020. The mine is expected to operate until 2038.

Methodology:
This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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