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Tees Valley Lithium receives planning permission for lithium hydroxide refinery

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Global Mining Review,

Alkemy Capital Investments plc has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tees Valley Lithium Ltd has received full planning permission from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to build Europe’s largest lithium hydroxide refinery at the Wilton International Chemicals Park in Teesside Freeport, UK, to supply the burgeoning electric vehicle battery industry.

Tees Valley Lithium receives planning permission for lithium hydroxide refinery

Utilising state-of-the-art electrochemical processing and powered by 100% certified green energy, TVL’s zero waste lithium refinery will be the largest in Europe – producing 96 000 tpy of low-carbon battery-grade lithium hydroxide once in full production - equivalent to 15% of projected European demand.

Following completion of a full environmental impact assessment (EIA), in conjunction with local consultation over an eighteen-month period, TVL’s US$300 million zero waste facility is now shovel-ready with production forecasted to commence in 2025, generating over 1000 local jobs.

Sam Quinn, Director of Alkemy commented:

“The full endorsement from the Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is a critical step in taking TVL to its next phase of developing the UK’s first lithium hydroxide refinery and spearheading a brand-new industry in Europe and a vital part of the fourth industrial revolution.

This decision allows us to rapidly advance with our engineering studies ahead of construction, due to commence in 2023. The burgeoning demand from electric vehicle OEMs highlights the urgent need for significant lithium refinery capacity in Europe, which currently does not exist.

Our strategic decision to locate in the Wilton International Chemicals Park, with direct access to comprehensive infrastructure and services and within the Teesside Freeport enables us to get into first production by 2025 and begin supplying our low carbon battery-grade lithium to customers spanning the UK and Europe.”

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