Bolivia to Finalise Tender for Lithium Deposits in March-April, President Says

© AP Photo / Juan KaritaA track is loaded with salt at a semi-industrial plant to produce potassium chloride, used to manufacture batteries based on lithium, after its opening ceremony at the Uyuni salt desert, outskirts of Llipi, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The salt flats of Uyuni have triggered international interest among energy companies due to its lithium reserves
A track is loaded with salt at a semi-industrial plant to produce potassium chloride, used to manufacture batteries based on lithium, after its opening ceremony at the Uyuni salt desert, outskirts of Llipi, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The salt flats of Uyuni have triggered international interest among energy companies due to its lithium reserves - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021
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HAVANA (Sputnik) - Bolivia will sum up results of the competition for the development of lithium deposits, where Russian companies are participating, in March-April, President Luis Arce said in an interview with Sputnik.

"There are Russian companies that are participating in the competition for the production of lithium. Only nine companies are participating in the competition, showing their technologies. We want to choose which of them will be able to do the job with greater purity, efficiency and economy so that in March-April Bolivia can decide who will it work with", Arce said.

Bolivia, which boasts the world's largest lithium reserves, announced an international competition for direct lithium mining in late April to select the technology that would achieve the best results for the country's economy in the shortest possible time.
Rosatom first deputy general director Kirill Komarov told Sputnik that the state corporation was participating in the tender. Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta said that the country was considering Gazprom's proposal for the extraction of lithium.
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