“The agreement, which supports the principles and goals of the Lithium National Commission, further solidifies Chile as the global leader in the production of value-added lithium products,” said Stephen Elgueta, vice president of Albemarle’s Lithium Resources group. “We believe the Salar de Atacama is the best lithium brine reserve in the world, and we have a responsibility to ensure this strategically important resource is properly managed so that it can continue to provide value for all stakeholders.”
“We are excited to extend our partnership with the Chilean Government, and to expand our presence in the Antofagasta region, where we established the first local lithium extraction facility 36 years ago,” said John Mitchell, president of Albemarle’s Lithium and Advanced Materials Global Business Unit. “With this agreement, we can further support growth of our long-term customers within the energy storage market and other high growth applications. We are proud to be part of this transformational agreement that allows for broad collaboration, value sharing, and sustainable development of important lithium-based advanced materials within the country of Chile.”
In particular, this agreement supports the value sharing principles outlined in the agreement between Albemarle and the local indigenous communities while also creating significant funding for research and development in the areas of energy storage, advanced battery materials and renewable energy.