Dr. Duchesne on the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposit in the world
Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX: NMX | OTCQX: NMKEF) (Nemaska) and Johnson Matthey Plc (LSE: JMAT) announced on June 20 that a second shipment of 3.5t of lithium hydroxide has been sent to Johnson Matthey from Nemaska’s phase 1 purification facility in Shawinigan, Quebec.
This is good news for Nemaska as it is demonstrating the execution of its business plan to become lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate supplier to the lithium battery market that is largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. Nemaska is developing in Quebec one of the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposit in the world, both in volume and grade. As well, Quebec’s large hydroelectric infrastructure offers the advantage to procure electricity at a competitive rate to support energy intensive transformation processes.
Both Johnson Matthey and Nemaska Lithium confirmed that the shipment meets Johnson Matthey’s lithium hydroxide specifications, which are not disclosed but Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska, described it as: “High quality lithium hydroxide product that meets the stringent specifications of Johnson Matthey, a large and globally recognized cathode manufacturer for lithium-ion batteries.”
The shipment is a milestone in the development of Nemaska’s phase 1 project in Shawinigan, Quebec and paves the road for shipments to other industrial customers of lithium salts.
Nemaska also reported on the milestones toward the completion of the scale up of its proprietary process for lithium extraction and purification which can be viewed online by clicking here:
Step 1 – Pressure Testing and Electrical Systems Start-up – Completed
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Step 2 – Membrane Electrolysis Start-Up – Completed
Step 3 – Hydromet Start-Up – Completed
Step 4 – Lithium Hydroxide Samples sent to Johnson Matthey – Completed
Step 5 – Crystallization – Completed. The crystallization section of the Phase 1 Plant has been installed and is processing lithium hydroxide solution into lithium hydroxide salts which are meeting customer specifications.
Step 6 – Lithium Hydroxide from Whabouchi Concentrate – Underway
As previously reported, Nemaska Lithium is producing greater than 6% Li2O spodumene concentrate from a mine representative bulk sample taken from the eastern section of the proposed open pit at the Whabouchi Mine (press releases of April 4 and May 3, 2017). This concentrate will be converted into lithium sulfate and further processed into lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate salts.
Installation of the calcination system and the acid baking process is scheduled to be complete by the end of June 2017. These systems will be commissioned starting in July and Nemaska Lithium expects to be producing battery grade lithium hydroxide samples from concentrate thereafter. These samples will then be sent to numerous potential customers globally for evaluation and qualification.
Johnson Matthey is a global specialty chemicals company at the leading edge of leader in sustainable technologies in over 30 countries and with roughly 13,000 employees. Johnson Matthey focuses on clean air, clean energy and low carbon technologies and is an expert in the application and recycling of precious metals.
Dr. Luc C. Duchesne is a Speaker and Author with a PhD in Biochemistry. With three decades of scientific and business experience, he has published ... <Read more about Dr. Luc Duchesne>