Huge lithium factory confirmed for UK reducing our reliance on China

Green Lithium expects its new refinery to create the missing link and guarantee upstream supply chain security for European EV and battery manufacturers / Picture: Green Lithium.

Teesside will be home to the UK’s first lithium factory, reducing our reliance on China.

The refinery will have the capacity to produce 50,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium a year – enough to manufacture one million electric vehicles annually.

Engineering services company Worley will work with Green Lithium to deliver the refinery that will exceed six per cent of the whole of Europe’s anticipated battery demand by 2030.

The new refinery is designed to supply low-carbon lithium chemicals for batteries to serve the growing European market for energy storage systems and electric vehicles (EV) and in the process “contribute to the goals of decarbonisation, green jobs and long-term economic prosperity”.

Ross McPherson Business Unit Director at Worley said:

“Current lithium refining capacity in Europe doesn’t match the increasing demand for battery-grade lithium chemicals, which is projected to grow to 800,000 tonnes by 2030. So, this project is a step towards meeting demand and accelerating local lithium production.”

Sean Sargent, CEO of Green Lithium added: “Green Lithium is enabling our planet’s transition to sustainable energy by increasing the supply of low-carbon lithium chemicals to meet increased global demand. There is currently no lithium refining capability in Europe. Without localised supply, the automotive and battery manufacturing sectors in the UK and EU will fail.

“Critically, Green Lithium will use a world-leading, sustainable, and low-carbon refining process, which has an 80 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional refineries in existing markets.

“We have assembled an exceptional team, driving toward commissioning our refinery in 2025, and we are pleased to be working with Worley as an important delivery partner.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:

“This announcement has confirmed another first for our region – and not just for the UK but for all of Europe. Green Lithium’s facility will be critical to meet growth in electric vehicle manufacturing and we’ve once again been recognised for our brilliant chemicals and low-carbon credentials in having it sited here.

“In the long-term, this will help create even more jobs in the cleaner, safer and healthier industries in the future, complementing other key projects taking shape across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. These include Wilton’s Tees Valley Lithium scheme and will go further to shore up battery manufacturing supply chains, opening up even more opportunities for businesses in the EV sector to invest here.”


  1. Fantastic news! If Stammer had his way we would all believe that the UK is doomed to become a third world country overnight.


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