Western Australia’s plan to capitalise on ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ battery boom
May 25th, 2018
A task force to investigate how WA can cash in on a “once-in-a-generation” lithium and battery minerals boom will make recommendations to the State Government within six months.
Announcing the taskforce in Maylands in front of two Tesla demonstration Model X electric cars yesterday, Mines Minister Bill Johnston said the downstream processing of lithium and other battery minerals in WA could create thousands of highly skilled, high-paying jobs.
He said the task force, consisting of senior government representatives, would engage with companies operating in the sector and take advice from an industry reference group.
It would present a list of recommendations to the State Government in November as to how WA could best capture the lithium-ion battery opportunity.
A strategy would also be developed to position WA as a world leader in new energy materials.
Mr Johnston noted the State Government had already committed $5.5 million to the Minerals Research Institute of WA to secure a Co-operative Research Centre for New Energy Industry in WA.
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