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WA’s Mt Holland lithium mine opens

Covalent Lithium, a joint venture partnership between Wesfarmers Limited and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile’s (SQM), has opened its Mt Holland lithium mine and concentrator

Located 400km east of Perth in WA, Wesfarmers Limited says spodumene concentrate production is already underway at the Mt Holland lithium project and the plant is on track to deliver 100,000 tonnes this financial year.

Wesfarmers Limited says Covalent Lithium will eventually be a fully integrated producer and supplier of battery-grade lithium hydroxide for the global electric vehicle market – after construction of a Covalent finery in Kwinana is completed and commissioned.

“When we made our initial investment into Mt Holland four years ago, we saw an opportunity to enter the lithium market and leverage our expertise in chemical processing here in Western Australia,” Wesfarmers managing director Rob Scott says.

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“It’s pleasing to see the successful commissioning and ongoing ramp-up of spodumene production.”

The Kwinana refinery is on track to be completed later this year.

SQM CEO Ricardo Ramos says the successful commissioning of the concentrator was one step closer to realising Covalent’s vision of enabling clean energy on a large scale.

“Covalent will produce enough battery-grade lithium hydroxide to enable the manufacture of more than one million electric vehicles each year,” Ramos says.

“We are confident that the high quality of the Mt Holland deposit and the joint venture’s expertise in downstream processing will position Covalent to support global decarbonisation efforts.”

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