Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
September 2, 2021

Covalent secures land for Australian lithium refinery

The Kwinana refinery will have the capacity to produce around 50,000t of lithium hydroxide each year.

Covalent Lithium has secured land for the construction of the Kwinana lithium refinery in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA), Western Australia (WA).

A lease agreement for the 40ha site in SIA, 15km south of Fremantle Port, for the refinery has been signed with the state government.

WA State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook: “The Kwinana SIA is already home to major chemical, energy and resource-based processing operations.

“The investment by Covalent Lithium reinforces the importance of the government’s commitment to establishing a globally advanced manufacturing hub for the industrial corridor between Henderson and Rockingham.”

The Kwinana refinery will be equipped to produce around 50,000t of lithium hydroxide each year. This would annually support up to one million electric vehicles.

It forms part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project, which also includes the development of the open-pit Mt Holland mine and concentrator for producing battery quality lithium hydroxide.

Content from our partners
Digitalisation and its impact on the mining industry
Case study: how to save time, cost, and mining interaction for service and dewatering bores
Innovations in mining and the future of the industry

WA Lands Minister Tony Buti: “The Kwinana SIA sits in the heart of the State’s premier heavy industrial zone, with access to the Fremantle Port and major road and rail networks.”

Covalent Lithium, a 50:50 JV of Wesfarmers and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), is responsible for the development of the Mount Holland Lithium project.

The Mount Holland Lithium project is expected to create 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and 350 operational jobs.

The project is planned to commence production in the second half of 2024.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The mining industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy