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Western Australia’s Lithium Mining Industry

Western Australia’s lithium deposits are making a significant impact on the growth of the Australian mining industry.

Since last year, production has commenced at three further mines in Western Australia: Mount Cattlin (Galaxy Resources), Mount Marion (Mineral Resources) and Wodgina (also Mineral Resources).

“Global battery markets have entered a period of extremely rapid growth in recent years, and the implications for Australia are potentially highly significant. This is partly due to the potential of battery technology itself, and its capacity to revolutionise clean energy, vehicles, and consumer products. However, battery growth also creates unique opportunities for producers of key commodities, notably lithium, graphite and cobalt.

Australia has major deposits of some of these, and is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities that increased battery demand is creating. ”

Source: Australia Department of Industry


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