In this framework, the officials presented the productive potential of the province. One of the central axes was linked to lithium, a mineral that concentrates a large part of the investments due to its potential for electromobility and the energy transition. According to estimates, this year the province will reach a production of 82,500 tons between the two projects underway.
With this scenario, exports would exceed US$3 billion. As detailed by Governor Morales, the activity already generates some 3,500 direct jobs in terms of production and more than four thousand in the works that are being developed. The president’s estimate is that between Salta, Catamarca and Jujuy, US$10 billion a year in foreign sales will be reached in the coming years.
“The cluster that will generate lithium production is tremendous. Our goal is for them to manufacture lithium batteries in Jujuy territory, we believe it is possible but there is already a tremendous spill in suppliers of key inputs such as soda ash and other chemical products,” said Morales.
With the rise in international prices and the conditions that Argentina offers compared to other competitors such as Bolivia and Chile, the governor announced that he expects new projects: “there are very important national oil companies that are going to make significant investments and are going to start exploring in Jujuy.” , held. In this sense, he considered it essential that energy companies also focus on mining, mainly lithium and copper.