A proposal to construct a lithium refinery has at Kwinana, Western Australia has been recommended for environmental approval by the WA EPA (Environmental Protection Authority).
Covalent Lithium has proposed the processing of spodumene ore concentrate, in order to produce products used for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles at the Kwinana Industrial area.
EPA Chair Matthew Tonts said the company had identified several measures that would reduce large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions during the service life of the project and construction.
“EPA noted that the batteries developed from the proposal may contribute to the more widespread use of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, which is expected to reduce emissions compared to use of conventional energy sources and vehicles,” Tonts said.
The facility is set to revise their green-house management plan every five years, further satisfying EPA guidelines and requirements.
“Further, the proposal is situated within an existing industrial zone, which reduces the clearing of native vegetation and terrestrial fauna habitat,” Tote said.
The spodumene ore concentrate will be sourced from the Mt Holland Mine. EPA was also advised that the mine site will be regulated by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
More information regarding the refinery can be found here.