According to GlobalData, there are more than 34 lithium mines in operation globally. GlobalData tracks and profiles over 33,000 mines and projects from early exploration to closure, across more than 150 countries and more than 100 commodities. Buy the latest mine-site profiles here.

The following are the ten largest lithium mines by production across the world in 2023, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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 0.21 mtpa of lithium in 2023. 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 0.16 mtpa of lithium in 2023. The mine will operate until 2030. Buy the profile here.

3. Wodgina Lithium Mine

The Wodgina Lithium Mine is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Albemarle, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 55.6 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The mine will operate until 2053. Buy the profile here.

4. Salar de Atacama Mine (Albemarle Corporation)

Owned by Albemarle, the Salar de Atacama Mine (Albemarle Corporation) is a in-situ leaching mine situated in El Loa, Chile. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 52.2 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2043. Buy the profile here.

5. Mount Marion Lithium Project

The Mount Marion Lithium Project is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Ganfeng Lithium Group, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 46.6 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The mine is expected to operate until 2047. Buy the profile here.

6. Pilgangoora Project

The Pilgangoora Project is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Pilbara Minerals, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 44.1 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The mine will operate until 2048. Buy the profile here.

7. Chaerhan Lake Mine

Located in Qinghai, China, the Chaerhan Lake Mine is owned by Qinghai Salt Lake Industry. The in-situ leaching mine produced an estimated 27.5 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. Buy the profile here.

8. Ngungaju Plant Project

The Ngungaju Plant Project is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Pilbara Minerals, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 26 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The mine will operate until 2031. Buy the profile here.

9. Salar del Hombre Muerto Mine

Owned by Arcadium Lithium PLC, the Salar del Hombre Muerto Mine is a in-situ leaching mine situated in Catamarca, Argentina. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 24 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2062. Buy the profile here.

10. Jiajika Project

The Jiajika Project is a surface mine situated in Sichuan, China. Owned by Tianqi Lithium, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 19.3 thousand tonnes of lithium in 2023. Buy the profile here.

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