Guben (dpa) – The Canadian commodity company Rock Tech Lithium’s planned settlement in Guben (Spree-Neisse) in Brandenburg is taking shape. The city has begun preparatory work in the designated industrial area, says Mayor Fred Mahro to the German press office. This includes, for example, relocation of animal species that are introduced into alternative habitats in coordination with the nature conservation authority. Completion of the work is scheduled for September. The company from Canada bought the site from the city and the municipal authority last year.
According to dpa data, the first construction work could probably begin in the autumn. Following an approval process, Rock Tech applied for a first partial approval under the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) in February. The application for a second partial permit must be submitted within the next few months, as press spokesman Wolfgang Böhm announced. The approval procedure is carried out in three partial approval steps, which enables reliable planning and rapid project development at the same time. A date for public viewing of the documents will be announced shortly.
The company is planning a plant to produce battery-classified lithium hydroxide for electric cars. In Guben, 24,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide will be produced annually for the batteries in 500,000 electric cars. Approximately EUR 470 million will be invested. Production start is planned for 2024. According to the company, 170 jobs will be created.
Some of the lithium required for production comes from the company’s deposit in Georgia Lake, Canada. According to Rock Tech Lithium, they want to be the first company in the world to create a closed cycle for lithium. By 2030, about 50 percent of the raw materials used will come from recycling old batteries.
The company did not comment on whether and how Rock Tech works with the American electric car manufacturer Tesla in Grünheide. The Guben site is of great importance to Rock Tech, independent of Tesla, for the supply of the raw material made of lithium-bearing stone, the company spokesman explained. The delivery of the refined lithium hydroxide can also be carried out in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
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