Albemarle Kemerton Plant

Closed 26 Nov 2017

Opened 20 Nov 2017

Overview

Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd (Albemarle) is proposing to stablish the Albemarle Kemerton Plant, a Lithium hydroxide Product manufacturing plant and associated infrastructure, within the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area (KSIA), approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury.


The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will produce up to 100,000 tonne per annum (tpa) of lithium hydroxide monohydrate (Lithium Hydroxide Product)  from five 20,000 tpa process trains and produce up to 1,100,000 tpa of tailings.

The construction of these trains will be staged over the next ten years with construction of the first trains planned to commence in 2018.  The plant will process spodumene ore concentrate supplied from the Talison mine in Greenbushes, the biggest source of spodumene ore concentrate in the southern hemisphere.

Why We Are Consulting

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What Happens Next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.

Areas

  • All of Western Australia

Audiences

  • Public

Interests

  • Seven-day comment on referrals