Lepidico to Set Up AED 348 million Lithium Production Facility in KIZAD


57k sqm Zero-Waste Facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), a subsidiary of AD Ports Group’s Industrial Cities & Free Zone (IC&FZ) cluster, today announced the signing of an agreement with Lepidico Ltd, a global lithium exploration and development company, for establishing the first lithium production facility in the Middle East, utilising a first of its kind designed process.

Covering a land area of 57,000sqm, the first phase of Lepidico’s development for the AED 348 million ($95 million) chemical plant will house clean-tech L-Max® and LOH-Max® process technologies. The process extracts lithium and recovers valuable by-products from lithium-mica and phosphate minerals. As an eco-friendly, zero-waste facility, the residue predominantly gypsum, will be repurposed for use in the construction industry.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster, AD Ports Group said, “AD Ports Group is committed to supporting cutting edge innovative solutions that advance industrial development within the UAE. The Lepidico’s process technology also aligns with our sustainability principles, and our vision to support innovative environmental solutions that contribute to the long-term sustainable development of Abu Dhabi, as outlined by the leadership of the emirate.

“We are pleased to host an innovative and environmentally conscious company like Lepidico, which aims to establish the region’s first lithium production facility in the Middle East, located in KIZAD. The project is a critical enabler for developing an electric vehicle supply chain in the Middle East.”

Joe Walsh, Managing Director, Lepidico, said, “The signing of the Agreement represents an important milestone in developing the first phase of the new chemical plant and enables critical path geotechnical, and infrastructure EPCM works to commence.

“In our endeavour to developing a sustainable lithium industry, we plan to integrate social, economic, environmental, and health and safety opportunities as part of the project design criteria and strive for a zero-waste process through our innovative and proprietary technologies. We look forward to working with AD Ports Group as we bring the lithium chemical industry to the UAE and wider Middle East Region.”

The vertically integrated Phase 1 Project (P1P) comprises two small scale open-pit mines that will feed a mineral concentrator in Namibia, following which the lepidolite concentrate will be shipped to the facility being developed in KIZAD via Khalifa Port.

An innovative developer of sustainable lithium hydroxide and chemicals for the 21st century, Lepidico plans to invest approximately USD 95 million for the chemical conversion plant in Abu Dhabi for an initial term of 25 years, which will employ the company’s proprietary process technologies, L-Max® and LOH-Max®. The project is a significant step forward in developing a sustainable lithium hydroxide industry and supports the global clean energy revolution.

About AD Ports Group:

Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.

Operating several clusters covering Ports, Industrial Cities & Free Zone, Maritime, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio comprises 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.

About KIZAD:

Established in 2010 and operational since 2012, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, under its Industrial Cities and Free Zones portfolio. Strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai – with the deep-water Khalifa Port as its maritime gateway – KIZAD is Abu Dhabi’s integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub facilitating sustainable growth in metals, polymers, food, automotive, water and oil and gas. KIZAD is one of the world’s largest industrial zones, spanning across 410 square kilometres.

About Lepidico Ltd:

Lepidico is an innovative developer of sustainable lithium hydroxide and other critical minerals.

With a tech-focused, ESG-led business model that is pilot-proven, our first lithium production – from a far less contested mineral sources – are due in 2023. We are also working to grow our business with our second project, Phase 2.  Other businesses have already begun to licence our patented-protected L-Max® and LOH-Max® technologies providing an avenue for royalty revenues.