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RB Energy Inc. (TSX:RBI, OTCQX:RBEIF) announced that due to rising temperatures in the Val d’Or area of Quebec, the Quebec Lithium concentrator was successfully restarted last week as planned.

RB Energy Inc. (TSX:RBI, OTCQX:RBEIF) announced that due to rising temperatures in the Val d’Or area of Quebec, the Quebec Lithium concentrator was successfully restarted last week as planned.

According to the company:

Production volumes from the concentrator are gradually being increased to enable the restart of the hydromet circuit by the end of this week. In Q2 throughputs will gradually be increased and, with the ore sorter commissioning commencing by the end of Q2, will enable commercial production levels to be achieved as scheduled in Q3. The first sales of battery grade lithium carbonate are expected to commence in May.

Richard Clark, President and CEO of RB Energy commented:

Mother nature has finally decided to allow spring to arrive. This winter in Quebec was extremely challenging. With the long duration of extremely cold temperatures, and incomplete winterization at the plant, it was not possible to operate the concentrator for the better part of 5 months. Despite this situation, we were able to successfully commence commissioning of the hydromet section of the plant and we achieved a very high grade battery product in March. With all components of the Quebec Lithium complex in operation, we now look forward to delivering into our offtake contracts.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our shareholders, bankers, other investors and offtake partners for their support and patience. I would also like to thank our employees for their continued commitment and determination. It has been a long road with numerous challenges, but we are very excited about being so close to achieving our goal of being a new, high quality, strategic, lithium carbonate producer.

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