Albemarle Corp of Baton Rouge, LA has announced the commencement of commissioning activities associated with its new, state-of-the-art lithium carbonate production facility in northern Chile. The 20,000 tonnes/year plant, located at Albemarles La Negra site, says the company, will enable the company to meet the accelerating demand for lithium, especially high-purity lithium compounds required for the production of large format lithium ion batteries. Albemarle says the plant is on schedule to produce commercial quantities of lithium carbonate during the third quarter of 2015. The company expects to increase production from the new capacity beginning early in 2016. Initial production will be sold into technical applications while more lengthy battery grade qualifications take place. Luke Kissam, Albemarles CEO, said, I am very proud of the work our team has done to construct and now commission this state-of-the-art facility in Chile. The company invested roughly US$200 million to ensure we have a reliable source of supply for our customers as their demand for lithium, especially high purity lithium compounds, increases. Today, we are beginning to see the results of that hard work and investment, and I look forward to a bright future for our business.
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