Albemarle has invested around $2 billion to build the world-leading Kemerton lithium hydroxide processing plant near Bunbury in the South West of Western Australia, making it one of the most modern plants of its type in the world and the largest in Australia.

Construction of processing trains 1 & 2 was completed in 2022 and the trains are wholly owned and operated by Albemarle.

The construction, operations and expansion of Kemerton have established a new advanced manufacturing industry in WA’s South West and boosted the local and State economies.

Kemerton is designed to:

  • Process nearly 1 million tonnes of spodumene ore concentrate from the Talison Lithium mine at Greenbushes (in which Albemarle holds a 49% interest)
  • Produce up to 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per annum upon completion of the expansion
  • Produce up to 200,000 tonnes of sodium sulphate by-product per annum.

Kemerton has created over 1800 jobs in construction and operations, and the expansion will create hundreds of additional construction and operations jobs, bringing huge economic benefits to local and broader economies via jobs, procurement, community spending and contribution.

To support its expansion construction workforce, Albemarle is building Paris Grove, a workers accommodation development at nearby Australind. (More information is available in the Community section of our website.)