Western Australia lithium producer approves $382 million expansion

Talison Lithium plans to double its production at its Greenbushes facility in Western Australia through a $382 million expansion to around 1.95 million tons per year, according to a report by XINHUANET.com.

Work is expected to start early 2019.

"Greenbushes is a truly world-class mining operation with the capacity for significant expansion to underpin the lithium supply needs of our shareholders," Talison chief executive Lorry Mignacca said in a statement.

Currently the Greenbushes Lithium Operations has two processing plants, one producing technical-grade lithium concentrates and one producing chemical-grade lithium concentrate. Ore containing Li2O is fed into the processing plants which upgrade the lithium mineral, using gravity, heavy media, flotation and magnetic processes, into a range of lithium concentrates.

The project is located 250KM north of Perth.

Written with material from Talison Lithium's website. Creative Commons image of battery courtesy of jcw1967