PHOTO CAPTION: Mechanization replaces hand shovels collecting lithium-rich salts from Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

China to Help Build Bolivia's First Lithium Battery Plant

The $2.9US million pilot production plant will be located in the Salar de Uyuni in southern Bolivia and is anticipated producing sample cells in Q2 2014.

Published: 12-Sep-2013

A group of Chinese technicians are expected in Bolivia to help install the country's first lithium battery plant, said an official on Tuesday.

Construction work on the pilot plant, located in the Uyuni salt field in the southern department of Potosi, will conclude in October, and the assembling phase of the plant will begin in November and end in January 2014, said Luis Alberto Echazu, head of the National Evaporite Resources Management Office.

"We hope to calibrate (the plant) in January and put it into operation surely by April, when we will have the first pilot production samples of batteries," he said.


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