Turkish state-owned mining and chemicals company Eti Maden – Eti Mine Works inaugurated the country’s first lithium production plant, located in the Eskisehir province, Seenews.com reported, quoting Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez.
The plant, which will produce lithium out of liquid waste generated during boron production, is expected to lower Turkey’s lithium imports by $20 million per year.
Initially, the facility will produce 10 tonnes of lithium per year but its annual production capacity is expected to reach nearly 600 tonnes in the coming years, the official added.
The lithium will be used for the manufacturing batteries for electric cars developed by Turkiye’nin Otomobili Girisim Grubu (TOGG). TOGG was established in June 2018 by local companies Anadolu Group, BMC, Kok Group, Turkcell and Zorlu Group, under the initiative of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).