The Korean steelmaker will invest in a project at the Salar de Hombre Muerto salt flat
Posco has announced an investment of $4bn in a new lithium mining project in Argentina in a move to tap into the rising demand for the rechargeable battery metal.
The South Korean steel-making company’s announcement came soon after its representatives met regional government officials, reported Reuters.
Posco will invest in a project at the Salar de Hombre Muerto salt flat. Salar de Hombre Muerto is located at the border between the provinces of Salta and Catamarca.
Initially, the South Korean firm hopes to draw 25,000 tonnes per year of lithium hydroxide from the lithium mining project. Eventually, the company expects the project to yield 100,000 tonnes per year of the lithium product.
As per a statement from Argentine President Alberto Fernandez’s office, over the next three decades, export value from the project is projected to be $260m per annum.
The publication wrote that a Posco spokesman confirmed the export value in a statement.
Argentine President tweeted that the lithium mining project will create 1,900 jobs in addition to foreign exchange for the development of South Korea.
Posco was expected to initially invest $830m in the venture. However, changes in the original project resulted in an increase in the amount, as per the mining department of the Salta province.
Last year, Posco started production of high-purity nickel for secondary batteries at its nickel factory in Gwangyang, South Korea.
The nickel factory is said to be capable of producing 20,000 tons per annum to secure supply for cathode materials required for the batteries to run 500,000 electric vehicles.