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FMC Lithium said on Thursday that it will increase prices of its range of lithium products, including lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, specialty lithium salts and lithium battery metal with effect from 1 July 2011 or as contracts permit.
Sales of lithium hydroxide will be managed by TTC as exclusive sales agent under a similar joint marketing arrangement to that operating for lithium carbonate from the Olaroz Lithium Facility.
It is anticipated that the 50 ktpa lithium hydroxide conversion capacity at Kemerton will be commissioned in stages starting in the first half of 2021.
By product type, the global market has been divided into lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate, lithium chloride, butyllithium, lithium metal, and others.
The "abrupt change" in capacity plans away from "higher-value" lithium hydroxide will leave Albemarle "significantly more" levered to its spodumene mines in Australia, Bardowski told investors earlier in a research note.
Livent guided to a 2019 lithium hydroxide market size of 100-110kmt, more than triple the 30kmt market seen in 2018, he said.
"We expect by-products to represent a significant - and unique - opportunity for Piedmont, and I would note that in our Scoping Study dated September 12, 2018 the by-product credits effectively reduced our cash production costs of lithium hydroxide by more than US$750/t, and we expect a similar impact in our study update due next week."
The Market Research report included pricing forecasts for Battery Grade and Technical Grade lithium carbonate as well as lithium hydroxide. However, the Millennial project, with the CO[sub.2] purification stage, is expected to produce primarily high purity battery grade lithium carbonate.
In June, European Metals valued the Cinovec project at USD1.11 billion and, in April, said the project will generate battery-grade lithium hydroxide.