Europe’s first lithium processing plant progresses in Teesside

Plans are moving forward in Britain’s biggest new freeport to open Europe’s first sustainable factory making lithium hydroxide for electric vehicles.

Tees Valley Lithium, a wholly owned subsidiary of investors Alkemy Capital, has signed documents securing exclusive rights to 20 acres of land to build the Teesside Freeport plant. The company’s partners include Singapore-based developers, Sembcorp Energy.

At peak production expected in 2025, the Teesside plant is expected to manufacture 96,000 tonnes per year of lithium hydroxide for electric vehicle batteries. This equates to 15% of forecast demand in the EU and Britain by the middle of the decade.

Tees Valley Lithium and consultants Wave International are setting up a project team this month to accelerate the finalization of local agreements and progress towards construction of the lithium plant.

Business partner officials toured the facility grounds last week; among them, TVL CEO John Walker (left).

Teesport is the largest and most advanced of the eleven free ports announced by the Johnson administration to stimulate business investment. The fifth largest port in the UK and among the 10 largest in Western Europe, it is owned and operated by PD Ports.

Eight sites including Teesport, Liverpool and Hull have been designated as England’s free ports. They are seen by the Johnson administration as essential to its “upgrading” industrial policy.

Companies located in the free zones and their operators will benefit from incentives, including tax breaks, customs duties, retention of commercial tariffs, planning, regeneration, innovation and support for trade and development. investment.

Walker commented: “Tees Valley Lithium is delighted to partner with world-class companies such as Sembcorp Energy UK and Wave International to establish a significant independent and sustainable production of lithium hydroxide at Wilton International Chemical Park in Teesside Freeport. to meet growing demand. of the electric vehicle industry.

Mary I. Bruner