Tesla Signs 4-Year Deal with Australia’s Core Lithium

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Australia's Core Lithium pens supply deal with Tesla

South Australia-based emerging lithium producer Core Lithium Ltd., announced on Wednesday an agreement with Tesla Inc to supply the automaker with up to 110,000 tonnes of lithium spodumene concentrate over a term of four years.

The deal has boosted Core Lithium’s shares up 13% in early trading.

“Subject to execution of a definitive agreement, Core’s supply to Tesla is scheduled to commence in 2H 2023 and will cease on the date that is 4 years after commencement of supply or until a total of up to 110,000 dry metric tonnes has been delivered,” said the company in a press release.

The spodumene concentrate will be sourced from Core Lithium’s Finniss Project, located near Darwin in the Northern Territory. The company’s strategy for Finniss includes a long-term plan for the development of their lithium chemical processing capabilities in the Northern Territory, which Tesla has also agreed to support.

In August, the Australian company announced that Ganfeng, —the globe’s biggest lithium company by market capitalization— had agreed to buy 300,000 dry metric tonnes of spodumene concentrate also from their Finniss project.

The arrangement reflects the rising demand for battery-essential metals like lithium, nickel, and cobalt, as the world keeps shifting away from fossil fuels.

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