UK’s first commercial lithium mine could supply two-thirds of the country’s needs by 2030

British Lithium mine

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British Lithium and Imerys agree venture to exploit Cornish site thought to hold 161 million tonnes of lithium oxide

The UK’s first commercial lithium mine is to open in Cornwall, following a new partnership between Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based solutions, and British Lithium.

It has been estimated that the mine contains enough lithium to sustain mining there for 30 years, producing around 20,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent annually. By the end of the decade, the mine should be producing enough of the metal for batteries to power 500,000 electrical vehicles per year.