For the first time in the country! India discovers a large lithium deposit

Inspenet, 15 febrero 2023

The Geological Survey of India discovered lithium and gold deposits in the country, the agency reported on its website. This discovery, of 5.9 million tons of lithium, would boost the manufacture of electric vehicles, essential to reach net zero emissions in 2070.

Indian Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi referred to the discovery as a push to contribute to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to make India a self-sufficient nation.

The discovery occurred in the northern region of Jammu and Kashmir, and was revealed by the Indian Ministry of Mines, which specified that this was the first time lithium resources had been identified in India.

However, estimates of its quantity and quality are limited, making it necessary to continue exploring the deposit, the government specified.

If his calculations are true, the 5.9 million tons of lithium found would place India as the seventh country with the largest amount of this mineral within its borders, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). which has not yet included the Indian find.

This agency dependent on the US Government reports that, for the moment, 98 million tons of lithium have been identified throughout the planet, with Bolivia (21 million), Argentina (20 million) and the United States (12 million) being the countries with a larger sum of ‘white gold’.

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