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CORRECTED-FACTBOX-Argentina's lithium mining projects

(Removes reference to Admiralty Resources as a partner with Enirgi Group in table) Nov 13 (Reuters) - Several lithium producers stepping up investment in Argentina amid expectations President Mauricio Macri's business-friendly agenda will transform the country into South America's top producer of the mineral, ousting neighbouring Chile. Argentina is the world's third-largest producer, with some 30,000 tonnes per year, but that is less than half of Chile's annual output of 70,000 tonnes. At least five projects in Argentina aim to add some 45,500 tonnes of production annually by 2019 and possibly more than 200,000 tonnes beyond that. The following are some planned projects (in tonnes per year):

Companies Project Current Planned production Date

production

Orocobre Ltd/Toyota Mine at 14,500 35,000 2019 Tsusho Corp Olaroz

salt flat

Lithium Americas Corp/SQM Lithium 25,000(possible 2019 carbonate expansion to 50,000)

plant

Galaxy Resources Ltd Mine at 25,000

Sal de Vida

France's Eramet SA Mine at 20,000

Centenario -Ratones salt flat

Enirgi Group 50,000 FMC Corp Mine at 20,000 40,000

Salar de Hombre Muerto

(Reporting by Juliana Castilla; Writing by Luc CohenEditing by Marguerita Choy)