Argentina predicts lithium rush as projects pile up

ARGENTINA could soon become one of the world’s top lithium producers as companies rush to exploit the salares of its arid north-west, the country’s top mining official said last week.

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Rush, what rush? World’s top lithium companies moving to exploit the salares of Argentina's arid north-west

Speaking at the Strategic Excellence in Mining conference in Santiago, Chile, mining secretary Mariano Lamothe said projects currently in development would add 150,000 tonnes of annual lithium carbonate capacity by early next decade.

Projects approaching the construction stage include Eramet's Centenario-Ratones (20,000 tonnes per year), Argosy Minerals' Salar del Rincon (25,000tpa), Millennial Lithium‘s Pastos Grandes (25,000tpa) and NextView New Energy's Sal de los Angeles (15,000tpa).

These will be in addition to expansions underway at Argentina's two existing operations, FMC Lithium's Fenix and Orocobre's Olaroz.

By 2023, the country could be producing 290,000 tonnes a year, Lamothe said, making it a rival to the world's top two producers Australia a...