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In visit to Bacanora Lithium facility, Gov. Durazo says metal key to Sonora’s future

Sonora’s governor recently visited a pilot lithium processing facility in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo.

Gov. Alfonso Durazo toured the facility with Pablo Taddei, the head of the newly formed state lithium company Litio para Mexico. The pilot processing plant is owned by Bacanora Lithium, which is controlled by the Chinese mining giant Ganfeng.

“There is a great richness of lithium in our state,” Durazo said. “And it represents a great future for the state.”

A lithium nationalization measure was  approvedin Mexico earlier this year, and several months later Litio para Mexico was  created. However, during his visit, Durazo noted that the company will be able to work with private companies in lithium development.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.