The material will be shipped to Val d’Or for crushing and ship to a laboratory for pilot testing. The lithium spodumene concentrate produced by the pilot plant will be used to complete pilot work for chemical conversion to lithium carbonate. An on-site water sample will be taken from the planned water supply source for use in the pilot plant to make sure all project water input data is representative of the future mine operation.
“We are really excited about initiating final equipment selection for the processing plants,” said Jean-Sebastien Lavallee, president and chief executive officer of Critical Elements. “This is where the project really begins to take shape. The Rose lithium-tantalum project has always returned lithium recoveries and grades that were above industry standards, so the goal of this phase of work is to make sure we select the right equipment for large-scale production.”