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Lithium jobs boom as Kidman picks Kwinana for refinery

Source: The West Australian

Kwinana has been chosen as the site of a lithium refinery, which is expected to run as a joint venture between Chilean lithium giant SQM and Kidman Resources.

Kidman shares were placed in a trading halt this morning ahead of the announcement about the plant, which will process ore from Kidman’s Earl Grey deposit at its Mt Holland project near Southern Cross.

Premier Mark McGowan and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston were on site for a sod-turning ceremony of the proposed new plant on Mason Road this morning.

Kalgoorlie and Kemerton were touted as other options for the lithium processing plant, but it is understood the proximity to port facilities and other chemical companies that will provide inputs into the plant mean Kwinana emerged as the obvious choice.

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