Wheels in motion for SW lithium operation

South Western Times

Key stakeholders were in attendance at a meeting on Thursday to hear a presentation from US company Albemarle on the construction of a lithium manufacturing process in the region.

Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Partnership steering committee chairman Mick Bennett said he was pleased with the positive feedback from the presentation.

“It was really good to go to a function where everyone is on the same page,” he said.

“For the Bunbury Geographe region to grow, we need to show people we are open for business.

“We have the industrial areas, we have the people trained, we have all those things that are inviting for companies to come and invest.”

Mr Bennett said the manufacturing process would be valuable to the region in terms of economic growth.

“It will be a handy lift for our region,” he said.

“It is a really worthwhile project and we are not going to wait around twiddling our thumbs for five to 10 years.”

Mr Bennett said the company was waiting on approvals before taking the next step.

“They have submitted their environmental paperwork that is necessary for the State and Federal governments,” he said.

“If that gets ticked off in the near future it is just a matter of Edwin (Albemarle vice-president of engineering Edwin Berends) taking it to the board.

“Edwin is mad keen to get going and he is pushing every button he can to get it done as quick as he can so they can get into production sooner rather than later.”

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