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It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand

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by Laura Millan Lombrana and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg)  As established players expand, some newcomers seen struggling; New mine teething problems tightening credit for projects  —  … Producers everywhere have struggled to keep up with demand as electric cars went from almost no sales a decade ago to more than half a million vehicles last year. The battery in a Model S from Musk’s Tesla Inc. uses about 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of lithium carbonate.

“The uncertainty on the supply side is driving prices up and making investors nervous,” said Daniela Desormeaux, CEO of Santiago-based lithium consulting firm SignumBOX. “We need a new project entering the market every year to satisfy growing demand. If that doesn’t happen, the market will be tight.”

Prices of lithium carbonate, the primary base-chemical produced by the industry, more than doubled in the five years to 2016, according to UBS Group AG. The material advanced about 5 percent to average $14,250 a ton in July from June, according to Benchmark Mineral.   READ MORE

We’re Going to Need More Lithium (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek:  Miners must tread into sensitive areas, some with government caps on the amount of lithium that can be dug up. About half the world’s reserves are in Chile, predominantly in the arid Atacama Plateau, which straddles the border with Argentina and is home to herders worried about the pollution and water shortages that tend to accompany the mining process, as well as the potential damage to sites they consider sacred. Another deposit is in the picturesque English county of Cornwall, famed for its clotted cream and pirate cove beaches.   READ MORE

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