Albemarle gains environmental approvals for $1B WA project 

THE world’s biggest lithium producer, New York-listed Albemarle, has been granted state environmental approvals to build a planned A$1 billion battery pre-cursor chemical plant in Western Australia by environment minister Stephen Dawson.

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Greenbushes will supply ore to the new plant.

Pending Commonwealth environment approvals and final development approval from the diversified conglomerate's board, the Albemarle Kemerton plant will be built just outside the south-west city of Bunbury.
 
Spodumene ore will be sourced from the Greenbushes mine, where Albemarle is a partner with China's Tianqi Lithium.
 
In March the pair announced a $600 million upgrade expansion to supply the rapidly expanding global lithium market, increasing production to 2.3 million tonnes of concentrate a year from 2021.
 
Dawson, who signed-off on today's decision, said the state had found a "balance between an acceptable environmental outcome and a prospering economy".
 
"The...