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Rockwood to Build Lithium Carbonate Plant in Chile

2:33 PM MST | February 9, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz and Lindsey Bewley

Rockwood Holdings says it plans to invest $140 million to build a 20,000-m.t./year lithium carbonate production plant at LeNegra, Chile. The plant is expected to come onstream by the end of 2013. Along with the company’s current $75-million expansion program in the U.S., the project will increase Rockwood’s total production capacity to 50,000 m.t./year of lithium carbonate equivalent by the end of 2013.   “The accelerating increase in the demand for lithium, especially high-purity lithium compounds required for the production of large...

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