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Bolivia: Evo Morales inaugurates lithium plant on world's largest salt flat

43 18.08.2015 Инфо

A representative from the Ministry of Mining of Bolivia and another one from German company K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies signed a contract for a project to design and develop an industrial lithium carbonate plant in Uyuni's salt flats, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday. During a speech to workers and press, Morales said his country "has freed itself" by using its own money for the investment, branding the move an "advance" in the nation's history. The Bolivian government has hired the German company to assist with the project, with Morales emphasising the necessity of receiving "some help" from international experts. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's biggest salt flat, with a surface of 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles). It is located in the in Potosí, southwest Bolivia, and contains large amounts of sodium, potassium, magnesium and lithium, with the latter arguably the most important of the raw materials due to it being a vital component in various electric batteries. Bolivia is host to an estimated 43% of global lithium reserves, with an estimated 9,000,000 tonnes located in the Salar de Uyuni.