Livista Energy Europe is building the first lithium refinery in Europe at the Emden site, Lower Saxony


Luxembourg/Emden: Livista Energy Europe SA, together with the port operator Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG, has concluded a contract to lease a total of 32 hectares on the Wybelsumer Polder to build its first low-carbon lithium refinery in Germany at the Emden site in Lower Saxony.

Both parties had previously agreed in a basic agreement, a “Letter of Intent”, agreed on the key points of the signed contract and signed a joint declaration of intent with Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport, Building and Digital, Olaf Lies, in which the state of Lower Saxony promised the company its support in implementing the project at the Emden location.

Lithium: Short, robust, and sustainable supply chains for Europe

For Livista, the refinery’s location in Emden is a strategic decision. The Emden seaport is the third largest German North Sea port and offers good infrastructural and geographical connections. From here, Europe’s growing electric vehicle industry will be supplied with lithium. “Our first plant will provide enough battery-grade lithium to produce 850,000 electric vehicles per year,” says Daniel Bloor, Managing Director of Livista Energy Europe. “By locating in Germany, a country with such a clear policy towards electrification and battery cell production, we will create shorter, cleaner and more sustainable supply chains as well as resilience.”


Location: “Pool of Excellence for the Energy Transition”
Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economics, Transport, Building and Digital, Olaf Lies: “The settlement of Livista brings with it an enormous opportunity for cooperation between the Lower Saxony, German and European lithium-ion battery industries. More than a thousand indirect jobs will be created for the energy transition – at the location, in Germany, in Europe. In addition, fifty percent of the plant capacity should consist of recycled raw materials by 2030. This strengthens Lower Saxony in its role as a pioneer in the circular economy and sets another milestone in the transformation to e-mobility.”
“The settlement of this international operating company offers the port of Emden and the region many perspectives. It is a further contribution of our ports to the further development of the energy transition in Germany and Europe,” says Holger Banik, Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and JadeWeserPort Realisierung GmbH & Co. KG. “This settlement increases the attractiveness of the region”, Banik continued.


Tim Kruithoff, mayor of the city of Emden, also sees the Livista refinery as a future-oriented, important addition to the East Frisia energy cluster: “I am very pleased that the contract between Livista Energy and Niedersachsen Ports has now been signed. The company has thus reached another important milestone and Emden is one step closer to the successful development of its electromobility cluster. As a seaport city, we will support this settlement project with all our might.


“Livista will develop new skills and competencies in the area of critical raw materials at the location and integrate Emden into a global pool of excellence for the energy transition,” says Stefan Klaassen, Managing Director of Livista Energy GmbH and Chief Strategy Officer Livista Energy and continues: “Our strategy for the Emden site is opening up. The lithium refinery lays the foundation for Europe’s northwestern energy hub and will attract other important players in the energy transition to the region.”
We would also like to thank Hargrove Real Assets LLP and our COO Jean-Marc Ichbia for the good and closely coordinated cooperation.”