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Albemarle kicks off earthworks at Kemerton project in Western Australia

Albemarle Corp. kicked off earthworks for the construction of its A$1 billion Kemerton lithium hydroxide conversion plant in Western Australia.

The plant will have an initial capacity of 60,000 tonnes and the ability to expand to 100,000 tonnes over time.

The company said Jan. 2 that it expects to start commissioning the Kemerton site in 2021.

Albemarle lithium President Eric Norris said the site earthworks are on track with the company's projections.

In November 2018, the company received the required environmental approval from the Australian government for the Kemerton plant.