Jan 26, 2023 08:48 PM

Bolivia Picks CATL-led Consortium to Develop Untapped Lithium Deposits

Hills of salt at Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: IC Photo
Hills of salt at Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: IC Photo

The Bolivian government has chosen a Chinese consortium led by battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. to invest upwards of $1 billion in developing local untapped lithium deposits, with the ambitious goal of producing lithium batteries in the country by 2025.

Bolivia has the largest lithium reserves in the world but little local means to develop them. Its state-owned Bolivian Lithium Deposits (Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos), known as YLB, has signed agreements with the consortium, CBC, to jointly exploit, refine, process and market lithium resources, the country’s Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy said on Jan. 20.

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