The Kokkola Industrial Park will be the site of Keliber’s lithium chemical factory, which will be developed by the Finland-based lithium developer Keliber Oy. The environmental permit was approved on June 28, 2022 by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland.
According to the corporation, the environmental permit decision includes a right to begin operations despite potential appeals, which implies that Keliber is permitted to begin making ready for the operational phase right away as long as it complies with the permit’s terms.
The lithium chemical facility is expected to begin building this summer and begin operating in 2024. The lithium hydroxide used in batteries for electric vehicles, among other things, will be produced by Keliber, according to that company.
“The environmental permit for the facility and the ability to begin operations are fantastic news for us and our customers because it enables the project to proceed as scheduled. Due to the continuing green shift, which will significantly raise demand for lithium-ion batteries, lithium hydroxide is anticipated to be in short supply when Keliber’s product is introduced, according to CEO Hannu Hautala.
The lithium chemical factory is expected to produce 15,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide monohydrate annually. Spodumene concentrate, which is its primary raw material, will be produced by Keliber in Kaustinen’s Päiväneva region using its own ore.
Aiming to produce environmentally friendly, high-purity, battery-grade lithium hydroxide for the expanding lithium battery industry in 2024 using its own ore, Keliber is a European, Finnish special chemical and mining firm.
Lithium mines, a concentrator facility, and a lithium hydroxide factory are all scheduled to be operational in Kaustinen, Kokkola, and Kruunupyy, Finland.
About 30% of Keliber is owned by Sibanye-Stillwater.