Bolivia selects lithium partners as it chooses DLE route to tap battery boom

Bolivia has short-listed six companies to help it extract lithium, in a step that could eventually open up the world’s largest potential resource of the battery metal.

The country’s state-owned lithium producer said it would test direct-lithium extraction (DLE) technologies from the six companies on three different brine resources in the country. Four of the companies are from China, while one is from Russia and one from the US.

Bolivia has struggled to commercially produce lithium from its giant 4,000 square mile salar de Uyuni salt flats, falling behind neighbours Chile and Argentina. The . . .


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