Petro-Lithium production represents diversification of Alberta’s energy economy

Although Chris Doornbos heads a start-up that wants to prove its technology can commercially recover highly-valued lithium from old Alberta oil and gas wells, he’s already dreaming of a day when the province will become a centre of new-tech battery development.

“I’m hell-bent on developing a lithium industry in Alberta, with a gigafactory,” said the president and CEO of Calgary-based E3 Metals Corp. “We have everything we need in Alberta.”

If that happened it would mimic what electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc. has done near Reno, Nev., where it has developed a lithium-ion factory, to produce the batteries that are at the heart of the EV technology. That plant was established there because there is some lithium production from mines in Nevada.

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