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Plans submitted for job-creating County Durham lithium extraction plant


A CGI design of the pilot lithium processing plant, proposed by Weardale Lithium. (Image: Weardale Lithium)
A CGI design of the pilot lithium processing plant, proposed by Weardale Lithium.

Plans for a lithium extraction plant in County Durham could create up to 125 new jobs and deliver a £1bn economic boost to the region, the company behind the plan says.


Weardale Lithium Limited has submitted a planning application to Durham County Council for the phased construction of a lithium extraction plant at Eastgate in Weardale, County Durham, on the site of former cement works near Stanhope. The Eastgate site has lain empty for more than 20 years since the cement works were closed by Lafarge, leading to the loss of around 200 jobs.

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