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The following are the ten largest lithium mines by production across the world in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Greenbushes Lithium Operations

The Greenbushes Lithium Operations is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Albemarle, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 155.8 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine will operate until 2039. Buy the profile here.

2. Salar de Atacama Mine

Located in Antofagasta, Chile, the Salar de Atacama Mine is owned by Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile. The in-situ leaching mine produced an estimated 135.4 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine will operate until 2030. Buy the profile here.

3. Mount Marion Lithium Project

The Mount Marion Lithium Project is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Mineral Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 64 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine will operate until 2047. Buy the profile here.

4. Pilgangoora Project

Owned by Pilbara Minerals, the Pilgangoora Project is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. The brownfield mine produced an estimated 56.1 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2060. Buy the profile here.

5. Salar de Atacama Mine (Albemarle Corporation)

The Salar de Atacama Mine (Albemarle Corporation) is a in-situ leaching mine situated in El Loa, Chile. Owned by Albemarle, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 32.89 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2043. Buy the profile here.

6. Salar del Hombre Muerto Mine

The Salar del Hombre Muerto Mine is a in-situ leaching mine situated in Catamarca, Argentina. Owned by Livent, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 32.8 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine will operate until 2090. Buy the profile here.

7. Mount Cattlin Lithium Mine

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Mount Cattlin Lithium Mine is owned by Allkem. The surface mine produced an estimated 26.81 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine will operate until 2025. Buy the profile here.

8. Bikita Mine

The Bikita Mine is a surface mine located in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Owned by Bikita Minerals (PVT), the greenfield mine produced an estimated 26.6 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. Buy the profile here.

9. Salar de Uyuni Mine

Owned by Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos, the Salar de Uyuni Mine is a surface mine situated in Potosi, Bolivia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 14 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. Buy the profile here.

10. Salar De Olaroz Lithium Project

The Salar De Olaroz Lithium Project is a in-situ leaching mine situated in Jujuy, Argentina. Owned by Allkem, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 13.8 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2060. Buy the profile here.

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