Rio eyes US lithium market with pilot plant

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 23-Oct-19

Rio Tinto has approved the development of a $US10m ($14.6m) pilot plant that will produce lithium from waste rock at its borate operations in the US. Rio Tinto executive Bold Baatar says the company could potentially become the largest producer of battery-grade lithium in the US. Rio Tinto may invest $US50m in a full-scale processing plant if the trials are successful, producing about 5,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent each year.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ALBERMARLE CORPORATION, KIDMAN RESOURCES LIMITED, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, IONEER LIMITED – ASX INR

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