Covalent Lithium is set to commence construction of a lithium refinery in Kwinana, having entered into a long-term lease for a 40-hectare site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) in Western Australia (WA).
The Covalent Lithium refinery – a joint venture between subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean company SQM – is part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project.
The project involves the construction and operation of a spodumene mine and concentrator near Mount Holland in Western Australia.
Once operational, the refinery will have the capacity to support the production of batteries for up to one million electric vehicles each year.
WA’s Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the Covalent Lithium refinery was one of three lithium refineries under construction in WA that would pave the way for further value-adding activities, including pre-cursor cathode manufacturing.
“Kwinana is already a thriving hub of activity, with the precinct home to Alcoa, CSBP, Wesfarmers LPG, Tianqi Lithium Australia and Avertas Kwinana Waste to Energy plant,” Mr Johnston added.
“The announcement today delivers on the McGowan Government’s vision to grow its share of the battery materials supply chain, create jobs and diversify our economy, which falls under our Future Battery Industry Strategy.”
WA’s State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook said the project was expected to create 1,000 construction and 350 operational jobs.
“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 Minister added.
“The WA Government is committed to continuing to deliver serviced heavy industrial land to attract investment and create new jobs in this area and in other heavy industrial areas across the State.”