Progress report on mine site and phase 1 plant
On December 12, Nemaska Lithium provided an update on the advancement of its Phase 1 plant in Shawinigan and on the construction and site preparation of the Whabouchi mine, located 300 km from Chibougamau. Construction of the main mine building continues and is scheduled for completion in the near future, allowing for ongoing construction of the facility throughout winter 2016–2017. Installation of the dense media separation (DMS) modular mill designed to produce a 6% Li2O DMS concentrate is now being finalized and commissioning will follow. Blasting of the 60,000t mine representative bulk sample has commenced and will be processed through the modular mill. The concentrate will be shipped to the Shawinigan plant and transformed into battery-grade lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate for customer evaluation and qualification. Scheduled for commissioning during the first quarter of 2017, the Phase 1 plant will produce 435t of lithium carbonate equivalent per year. To view the press release, click here.