Stria Lithium Inc. (TXSV:SRA) reported that it has commenced its summer 2014 exploration drilling program at its Willcox brine lithium project in Arizona. Stria wholly owns the Willcox brine property as well as the Pontax spodumene lithium project which are both located in the James Bay region of Northern Quebec. Currently, Stria is developing two distinct, environmentally sustainable processing technologies for both projects.
As quoted in the press release:
The purpose of the 2014 Willcox drilling program is to confirm historic exploration results and to test groundwater samples for use in Stria’s proprietary membrane processing technologies now under development. This technology will allow Stria to recover lithium from brine type deposits without the need of large scale evaporation ponds and their associated environmental impacts.
On May 20, 2014, the company announced the successful completion of its Phase 1 “proof of principle” development of a novel, hard rock ore-to-lithium metal process for application at its Pontax spodumene project in Quebec.
Stria COO, Julien Davy, said:
Completion of our Phase 1 spodumene process investigation was by far the most difficult part of development. Now all our efforts will be devoted to the testing stages. Unlike the Willcox brine process which builds upon existing and proven technologies, our proprietary, hard rock process is being developed in house and is unique to Stria Lithium. These metallurgical steps are known in the mining industry. Now with Phase 1 in hand, we can move towards the final steps in our process to recover a high-purity product in a sustainable way as we recycle as much as possible the process chemicals.