Western Australia, the world’s largest lithium state has been short listed as a location candidate for an innovative battery research centre. The state already has plans for a “Lithium Valley”, but will now have to develop a complete case to be considered by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Advisory Committee.
If Western Australia is successful, the State Government will invest $5.5 million to host the the “Future Battery Industries” (FBI) CRC headquarters/
Bill Johnston – Mines Minister said:
“It’s great to see that the bid for the FBI CRC has passed the first assessment”
“The Commonwealth Government has recently acknowledged the growing importance of the battery and energy materials sector to the Australian economy. This CRC bid has never been more relevant.
“Our State is the ideal place to host the CRC; we have the resources, highly skilled workers and technical expertise, and we’re also the largest producer of lithium in the world.
“I expect to hear back in March 2019 whether or not Western Australia’s bid has been successful.”
Western Australia already has a number of operating lithium mines as well as more under construction or planning phase.