Tianqi Lithium in Australia
Tianqi Lithium has developed a lithium hydroxide plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area, south of Perth in Western Australia, to meet rapidly growing demand for rechargeable batteries driven primarily by the electric vehicle and energy storage system industries.
The Kwinana plant, based on two individual production trains, will produce 48,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide per annum.
The Kwinana plant incorporates innovative technologies and processes to leverage its capacity to produce the highest quality product. The local, experienced workforce has had the opportunity to work on this state-of-the-art facility with the project providing over 900 construction jobs. In addition, Tianqi Lithium offers exciting job opportunities to over 200 Western Australians, mostly from the local area.
Lithium hydroxide is a lithium compound derived from spodumene, a lithium-bearing mineral. Spodumene will be locally sourced from Greenbushes, 250km south-west of Kwinana. The lithium hydroxide will be containerised and exported from the Port of Fremantle to customers around the globe.
Tianqi Lithium, based in Chengdu, China, is a global leader with over 20 years’ experience in the production of lithium products. The Kwinana Plant is the first lithium hydroxide plant outside of China and the largest of its kind in the world.