Following a competitive bidding process Livista Energy Europe (Livista) and Niedersachsen Ports signed a Letter of Intent to allocate a 32- hectares prime industrial plot of land.
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Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Housing and Digitalization commented:
“It has always been our ambition to develop our coast into a gateway and a hub for clean energy for the whole of Germany. The opportunity is great because industry follows energy. Settlement take place where energy is available – preferably cheaply and cleanly.”
“Livista’s project is a textbook example. It is important that we create real added value for the region. The possible settlement of Livista brings with it a great opportunity in the cooperation of the Lower Saxony, German and European industries for EV and lithium-ion batteries and ensure we begin to realise this new added value. In addition, fifty percent of the plant’s capacity is to consist of recycled materials by 2030. In this way, Lower Saxony could also become a pioneer in the circular economy and set another milestone on the path to the mobility turnaround and the transformation of our economy. We will therefore continue to monitor the implementation of the investment very closely.”
Holger Banik, CEO of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co said:
“We received a pleasing number of good applications for our tender for the areas near the port in Emden. This shows us how attractive and up to date our space in the ports is. And it confirms to us that our ports are crucial locations for energy supply, energy security and innovation.”
Tim Kruithoff, Mayor of the City of Emden, remarked:
“Lithium refinery is a new industry in Europe. It will create hundreds of jobs in the region and will forge an essential cooperation with our Emden-Leer University to develop new skills and competences in critical raw material to include Emden in a pool of excellence in Energy Transition world-wide.”
Stefan Klaassen, Managing Director of Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtmarketing Emden GmbH, said:
“Our strategy for Emden to become an energy hub is working. This lithium refinery lays the foundation for Europe’s northwestern energy transition and will attract other key players in the energy transition to our site.”
Livista’s refinery will initially produce 40,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of battery grade lithium products [30,000 tpa of li-hydroxide and 10,000 tpa of li-Carbonate (LCE)], or enough to supply the battery needs of [c]850,000 electric vehicles, with potential to double production capacity to meet growing EV demand and requirements for high-grade, locally refined lithium chemicals.
With our first lithium refinery plant planned to start production in 2026, Livista will contribute to filling a critical gap in Europe’s electric vehicle and battery supply chain. Currently virtually all lithium refining is performed in Asia. This will bring both energy independence and security to Europe.
Livista refineries will enable OEMs and battery manufactures to comply with EU Critical Raw Material Act objectives, which mandates that all batteries produced in Europe contain a minimum percentage of lithium battery grade product produced locally by 2030. This will represent a key driver in the region’s sustainability efforts in the race to European net zero emission targets, lowering dependency on imported materials and helping drive circular economy.