What a great idea.
Thats the proposal from Greens South West MLC Diane Evers, who has proposed reopening the disused Bunbury to Greenbushes rail line, which was deactivated almost 20yrs ago.
Given the significance of Greenbushes area to Lithium. Mining in the area is set to dramatically increase. With that comes “extra traffic” – a lot of “extra traffic”.
Talison is set to mine 2.3Mtpa of Lithium Concentrate (Spodumene) from Greenbushes mine expansions when complete. Approximately 1.3Mtpa will go to Albermale (Kemberton) & Tianqi (Kwinana) with the remainder headed for existing contracts in China. Tianqi is already building a 48,000tpa lithium hydroxide plant in Kwinana and Albermale just received the green light from the EPA for a 5 stage plant producing a whopping 100,000tpa LiOH.
“Without rail freight, truck movements on the highway all the way to Kwinana are set to increase sharply, contributing to wear and tear as well as greater safety risks,” Ms Evers said.
“The South West will also see increased mining activity as many of the minerals needed for the technology sector are found in the region.
“The mining activity, which would create thousands of new jobs, would bring families and associated businesses to the region, which would add pressure on the roads.”
There is currently a global surge in the demand for Western Australian lithium and it is expected that annual demand will continue to rise significantly until 2025 as a result of the increased usage of lithium products for Electric vehicles and Storage devices.
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— Bunbury Mail (@BunburyMail) June 20, 2018