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Bolivia deal ‘guarantees German access to lithium’

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Salar de Uyuni salt flat

Germany’s ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA) has officially sealed a deal with Bolivian state enterprise Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) to cooperate on the extraction and industrialisation of lithium from Salar de Uyuni, southwest Bolivia.

ACISA was chosen from eight international consortia that YLB invited to submit proposals to realise the industrialisation of Salar de Uyuni, including extracting and producing raw materials from residual brine, developing production capacities, and marketing and manufacturing cathode material and battery systems in Bolivia.

The partnership will create between 500 and 1,000 direct jobs in Bolivia, with employees undergoing training and qualification courses, as well as bringing up to 10,000 indirect jobs in Bolivia.

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