The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world. The salt layer is at least 130 meters thick. Recently the biggest lithium reserves of the world were found in the salt layer, which could be very promising for Bolivia’s future.
In April Bolivia has started the pilot project at which 150 people work. In the near future when the plant will be in full production, hundreds of workers from all over the country will be employed.
The Bolivian government has decided that the exploration will stay in Bolivian hands and is also planning to start producing lithium car batteries for world’s future electric car park.
This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.