Global Lithium Mining to 2024 – Updated with Impact of COVID-19

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After increasing for three consecutive years, global lithium production decreased steeply in 2019 to 78.2kt and is expected to fall by a significant 24.8% in 2020 to 58.8kt. This is due to both declining prices for lithium, which have led to miners putting mines on care and maintenance, and the temporary closure of lithium mines due to lockdowns imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the global lithium demand and supply gap narrowed to 11.6kt, as additional capacities, mainly in Australia, are postponed, before further widening to about 28.6kt in 2023, as these delayed capacities pick up pace gradually. Looking ahead, GlobalData anticipates substantial growth in lithium production until 2024. New mines and capacity expansions will boost global production to 134.7kt in 2024. The majority of this growth will originate from Australia, which is going to maintain its current position with the existing mines ramping up production such as Mount Cattlin and Pilgangoora. Additionally, the expansion of Greenbushes Lithium Operations as well as the resumption of Wodgina, which are both expected to materialize by 2023, will further boost the global output during the forecast period. Other key existing projects include Mount Marion, Salar de Atacama and Salar del Hombre Muerto located in Australia, Chile and Argentina respectively.


The report contains an overview of global lithium mining industry including key demand driving factors affecting the global lithium mining. It provides detailed information on reserves, reserves by country, production, production by country, production costs, major operating mines, major exploration and development projects, consumption, consumption by country, demand and supply balance, trade and the leading producers.

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To identify the key players in the global lithium mining industry

To gain a complete view of all major active, exploration and development projects

To analyse the global lithium-ion battery market and battery manufacturing capacity by company

Albemarle Corp
Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group Co.
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA (SQM)
FMC Corp (FMC)
Orocobre Ltd

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1.1 List of Tables

1.2 List of Figures

2 Executive Summary

3 Global Lithium Mining – Reserves, Production and Prices

3.1 Global Lithium Reserves by Country

3.1.1 Chile

3.1.2 Australia

3.1.3 Argentina

3.1.4 China

3.1.5 US

3.2 Historical and Forecast Production

3.2.1 Production by Country

3.3 Production Cost

3.4 Lithium Assets by Stage

3.4.1 Active Mines

3.4.2 Development Projects

3.4.3 Exploration Projects

3.5 Lithium Price Analysis

3.5.1 Lithium Pricing Landscape

4 Global Lithium Mining – Demand and Trade

4.1 Lithium Consumption

4.2 Lithium Carbonate Trade

4.3 Global Electric Vehicles (EVs) Market

4.3.1 Global Battery Demand and Technology Update

4.3.2 EV Production by Major Market

4.3.3 New EV Sales (BEVs and PHEVs)

4.3.4 EV Stocks (BEVs and PHEVs)

4.3.5 Policies Promoting EVs Growth

4.4 Global Lithium Market Balance

5 Major Lithium Producers

5.1 Albemarle Corporation

5.2 Mineral Resources Ltd

5.3 Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd

5.4 Galaxy Resources Ltd

5.5 Pilbara Minerals

5.6 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA

6 Appendix

6.1 Abbreviations

6.2 Methodology

6.3 Coverage

6.4 Secondary Research

6.5 Contact Us

6.6 Disclaimer


Table 1: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Reserves by Country (Million Tonnes), January 2020

Table 2: Global Lithium Mining – Top Active Mines in Australia by Total Ore Reserves (Million Tonnes), 2020

Table 3: Global Lithium Mining – Top Active Mines in Argentina by Total Ore Reserves (Million Tonnes), 2020

Table 4: Global Lithium Mining – Top Active Mines in China by Total Ore Reserves (Million Tonnes), 2020

Table 5: Global Lithium Mining – Historical and Forecast Lithium Production (kt), 2004-2024

Table 6: Global Lithium Mining – Production by Country (kt), 2004-2024

Table 7: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Hydroxide Cost of Production (US$/t), 2020

Table 8: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Carbonate Cost of Production (US$/t), 2020

Table 9: Global Lithium Mining – Key Active Mines, 2020

Table 10: Global Lithium Mining – Key Development Projects, 2020

Table 11: Global Lithium Mining – Key Exploration Projects by Total Ore Resources, 2020

Table 12: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Pricing Landscape, 2020

Table 13: Global Lithium Mining – Historical and Forecast Lithium Consumption (kt), 2004-2024

Table 14: Global Lithium Mining – Battery Capacity Expansions by Company (GWh), 2019-2024

Table 15: Global Lithium Mining – Upcoming Battery Manufacturing Plants (GWh), 2020

Table 16: Global Lithium Mining – Albemarle Corporation, Major Projects, 2020

Table 17: Global Lithium Mining – Mineral Resources Ltd, Major Projects, 2020

Table 18: Global Lithium Mining – Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd, Major Projects, 2020

Table 19: Global Lithium Mining – Galaxy Resources Ltd, Major Projects, 2020

Table 20: Global Lithium Mining – Pilbara Minerals, Major Projects, 2020

Table 21: Global Lithium Mining – SQM, Major Projects, 2020


Figure 1: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Reserves by Country (Million Tonnes), January 2020

Figure 2: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Reserves by Country (%), January 2020

Figure 3: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Reserves by Country (Million Tonnes), January 2020

Figure 4: Global Lithium Mining – Historical and Forecast Lithium Production (kt), 2004-2024

Figure 5: Global Lithium Mining – Production by Country (kt), 2004-2024

Figure 6: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Carbonate North American FOB Prices vs. Chinese Spot Prices (US$/t), 2010-2024

Figure 7: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Demand by End-Use (%), 2019

Figure 8: Global Lithium Mining – Historical and Forecast Lithium Consumption (kt), 2004-2024

Figure 9: Global Lithium Mining – Top Exporters and Importers of Lithium Carbonates, 2019

Figure 10: Global Lithium Mining – Top Exporters and Importer of Lithium Carbonates, 2020

Figure 11: Global Lithium Mining – Global EV Battery Demand by Type of Vehicle (GWh), 2014-2024

Figure 12: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium-ion Battery Capacity by Geography (GWh), 2019-2024

Figure 13: Global Lithium Mining – EV Production by Major Market (Thousand Vehicles), 2014-2034

Figure 14: Global Lithium Mining – EV Production by Type (Thousand Vehicles), 2014-2034

Figure 15: Global Lithium Mining – New EV Sales by Country (Thousand Vehicles), 2011-2019

Figure 16: Global Lithium Mining – New EV Sales Trend in Top 10 Countries (Thousand Vehicles), 2011-2019

Figure 17: Global Lithium Mining – New EV Sales by Country (%), 2011-2019

Figure 18: Global Lithium Mining – New EV Sales by Type (Thousand Vehicles), 2011-2019

Figure 19: Global Lithium Mining – EV Stocks by Type (Total No. of Vehicles), 2010-2019

Figure 20: Global Lithium Mining – EV Stocks by Type by Country (Thousand Vehicles), 2019

Figure 21: Global Lithium Mining – Chinese Policies, 2009-2020

Figure 22: Global Lithium Mining – Policies in India, Japan and South Korea, 2012-2020

Figure 23: Global Lithium Mining – Europe Union Policies, 2020

Figure 24: Global Lithium Mining – Lithium Market Balance (kt), 2014-2024

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