Lithium-ion batteries are predominantly used in electronic items such as mobile phones and laptops, electric vehicles, and used to store energy created from renewable energy sources like solar and wind. It’s no wonder that the demand for lithium is increasing across the world as all these markets continue to rise.
For example, in the energy market, renewable energy now surpasses coal to be the largest source of global electricity capacity, whilst the automotive industry is increasingly turning electric, absorbing 50% of lithium battery output in 2016, up from just 7% in 2012.
The top lithium producing country in the world is currently Australia, with Chile coming a close second and Argentina third. Most countries that produce lithium are increasing production as well. In 2016, global lithium production increased 12% year on year in response to demand.
Find out more about lithium in our lithium infographic.
Australia has over 1.6 million MT of identified lithium reserves, and with demand increasing lithium projects are starting to surge in the country, creating lithium mining jobs for locals and global contractors alike. Western Australia alone had only one lithium producing mine last year, but could be home to as many as seven by 2018.
Below we look at some of the current lithium mining and production facilities already based in Australia as well as some of the future projects set to come online.
Current Lithium Projects in Australia
Upcoming Lithium Projects in Australia
Lithium mining jobs in Australia with NES Global Talent
NES Global Talent is a global tier one supplier (prime vendor) to major lithium miners around the world, providing key staffing services to both lithium extraction operations and processing facilities.
Example lithium mining vacancies in WA, Australia include:
- Project management
- Mechanical engineering
- Instrumentation and controls
- Cost control analytics
- Reliability design engineering
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