Work to begin on Albemarle lithium hydroxide processing plant at Kemerton

by WA Government News | Jan 11, 2019
  • Approvals clear path for lithium hydroxide processing plant in Kemerton, near Bunbury
  • Albemarle Kemerton Plant to create more than 1,000 local jobs
  • New project highlights important role of Strategic Industrial Areas (SIAs) in supporting Western Australia's economic prosperity

The McGowan Labor Government welcomes Albemarle Corporation's commencement of site works for its lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area.

Kemerton, the South-West's largest strategic industrial area, is designed for major downstream processing industries that add value to the region's primary resources.

The plant, to be constructed on an 89 hectare site, has approval to process spodumene ore concentrate from the Talison Lithium Greenbushes mine, through five process trains. It is expected to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of lithium hydroxide.

With earthworks underway, development approval for construction of plant infrastructure will be sought from the Southern JDAP early in the new year.

The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will create more than 500 construction jobs and an initial 100 operational jobs, increasing to 500 at full operational capacity. Commissioning of the Kemerton Plant is expected to begin in 2021. 

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to creating and securing jobs for Western Australians, and will work with Albemarle to maximise the benefit of the project for the South-West region.

Comments attributed to Acting Premier Roger Cook:

"I am pleased that the State Government could facilitate the necessary approvals to allow Albemarle to begin bulk earthworks at the Kemerton site.

"The commencement of construction by Albemarle demonstrates the benefits presented to the South-West and the State by the Government's investment in Kemerton.

"This initiative paves the way for additional downstream processing industries to be established in Kemerton in the future, which will mean more jobs for regional Western Australia.

"The announcement of the Albemarle Kemerton Plant underscored the importance of Strategic Industrial Areas.

"The Kemerton SIA is the largest in the South-West region, and is already home to Kemerton Power Station and major established industries including Simcoa Operations and Cristal.

"Albemarle would see the Kemerton SIA play a crucial role in growing and supporting a major growth industry for Western Australia."

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