Lithium supply chain matures

Albemarle Corporation has begun earthworks on the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion plant, deepening Australia’s burgeoning lithium products industry. The plant, at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, will have an initial capacity of 60,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide (LiOH) when commissioned in 2021. Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium said in…

Why we need a real energy policy in one, easy graph

Analysis by Peter Roberts Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries and Visy Industries, has nicely summed up the drag energy policy has become on Australian manufacturing in an end of the year social media post. He shared the image below, comparing American and Australian industrial gas prices since 2008, with a simple message. “Glad…

Gas and fertiliser production gets closer at Leigh Creek

Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) is increasingly confident it can move from producing synthetic gas to fertiliser manufacture based on its operations at the former Leigh Creek coal fields in northern South Australia. Leigh Creek Energy succeeded in October in producing its first synthetic gas utilising in situ gasification (ISG) of the a major brown…

Massive expansion planned for Whyalla steelworks.

By Andrew Spence Billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has announced plans to build the largest steel plant in the developed world in South Australia. Liberty Primary Steel – part of Gupta’s GFG Alliance – today announced major steps towards the transformation of the alliance’s Whyalla steelworks, signing contracts worth more than A$600m. GFG Alliance has also…

BlueScope reports strong sales, billion dollar profits.

Multi-national steel and steel products group, BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) today reported robust sales and margins in all market segments. Chairman John Bevan told the company’s annual general meeting that earnings before interest and tax in the current year would be around 10 per cent higher than in the corresponding period last year, when they…

Lithium future beckons for Australia as giant refinery approved.

A fully capable mine to finished product lithium supply chain is closer to a reality with the approval of a giant lithium refinery at Bunbury, south of Perth. The WA government has given Albemarle Corporation environmental approval for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South-West. When in operation, the Albemarle plant will process spodumene…