The “Emili” project will help Europe shed its near-complete dependence on China for lithium

Lithium: One of the largest mines in Europe will open in Allier by 2027

The “Emili” project will help Europe shed its near-complete dependence on China for lithium

The industrial minerals group Imerys announced on Monday the start of mining by 2027 of a lithium deposit (a white powder that intoxicates the electric battery industry and should allow cars to wean themselves off CO2-emitting oil ) in the French department of Allier. This mine will be “one of the largest” in Europe and will serve to accelerate the energy transition by supplying the electric car industry.

The “Emili” project, announced Monday morning by the French industrial minerals group Imerys, will help Europe get rid of its almost complete dependence on China for the lithium needed for electric car batteries. These cars are supposed to be the only new vehicles that can be sold in the European Union from 2035.

“Very attractive” lithium “concentrations”

The planned investment amounts to one billion euros to exploit, for at least 25 years, a deposit whose “concentrations and quantities” have been deemed “very attractive” after 18 months of underground drilling and studies. ; Imerys said in a statement.