Our footprint in Arkansas

Southwest Arkansas has a rich history as an oil and natural gas producer, and deep underground is another valuable resource: saltwater brine, rich in lithium.

In early 2023, ExxonMobil acquired the rights to approximately 120,000 gross acres of the Smackover formation in southern Arkansas – considered one of the most prolific lithium resources of its type in North America. ExxonMobil can safely extract this lithium using many of the skills we’ve honed over decades – including geoscience, reservoir engineering, and chemical processing.

Work has begun toward the company’s first phase of North America lithium production in southwest Arkansas. Our goal is that this lithium will strengthen supply security for companies investing in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities in North America. The company is targeting its first production of battery-grade lithium for 2027.

Here in Arkansas, we’re working to be a thoughtful and responsible community partner.  In the past six months we’ve had the opportunity to present at numerous community town halls, engaged with universities and schoolboards, and hosted leadership and stakeholder forums.  We’re also proud to have opened our community office in Magnolia and joined the state and local chambers of commerce.

Together with the community, we hope to build a relationship built on mutual trust and respect.

A new dawn is breaking. Ten thousand feet under the soil is an industry of the future – lithium.

Watch and learn how we’re using our historic production and chemical experience to bring a groundbreaking, environmentally responsible lithium extraction processing method to Arkansas, and a domestic source of lithium to North America.

Community partners

At ExxonMobil, we aim to be more than just near neighbors – we want to be good community partners. We believe being a good community partner starts with a willingness to listen and to create opportunities for two-way dialogue, while also finding meaningful ways to give back to the community. 

Scroll through the images to see our involvement in Arkansas communities —from town halls to toy drives. 

Check out more news about ExxonMobil in the community through the Magnolia Reporter

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Supplier and vendor opportunities

Are you a local supplier or vendor interested in connecting with our ExxonMobil team about opportunities? Be on the lookout for more information on how to access our supplier and vendor portal.

Meet some of our lithium specialists

We’re charging into the lithium business with our greatest asset: our people. From geoscientists to chemical engineers to global project specialists, we’re united under a common goal: becoming a significant producer of lithium.

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    Contact us

    Interested in learning more about our Arkansas lithium operations or have a question for the local ExxonMobil team? We encourage you to contact us by phone or email: (888) 364-4222 or arkansaslithium@exxonmobil.com