Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
October 28, 2020

Millennial commissions pilot plant at Argentina’s Pastos Grandes

Millennial Lithium has announced that commissioning of its lithium carbonate pilot plant at the company’s flagship Pastos Grandes project in Argentina is underway.

Millennial Lithium has announced that commissioning of its lithium carbonate pilot plant at the company’s flagship Pastos Grandes project in Argentina is underway.

The pilot plant is located next to the Pastos Grandes Salar. It is a full flowsheet design for producing up to three tonnes per month of ‘battery-grade lithium carbonate’.

Covering 8,664ha, the Pastos Grandes project is located in Salta Province, Argentina.

A feasibility study for the Pastos Grandes project was completed in July last year, which estimated a capital cost of £362m ($448m).

The project is expected to produce 24,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of battery-grade lithium through its anticipated 40-year mine life.

Millennial Lithium president and CEO Farhad Abasov said: “Millennial is pleased to announce the commissioning of its pilot plant designed to produce up to 3tpm of battery-grade lithium carbonate.

Content from our partners
Digitalisation and its impact on the mining industry
Case study: how to save time, cost, and mining interaction for service and dewatering bores
Innovations in mining and the future of the industry

“Evaporation ponds have been concentrating lithium and plant feed. The first stage of the plant, the Solvent Extraction (SX) unit to remove Boron (B) has been installed and tested.

“Despite Covid-19 restrictions and slowdowns, the company has continued progressing its work with a number of off-takers and strategic investors. We are well on track with all our corporate programmes.”

Millennial said that the initial production from the pilot plant will be ‘achieved in batch mode’ in order to test and optimise the individual stage processes before efficiently ‘transitioning to continuous flow production’.

The first batch processing and production of battery-grade lithium carbonate is anticipated during the fourth quarter this year.

In June last year, Millennial Lithium submitted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report to Argentina’s Environmental and Mining Authority for construction and operations at Pastos Grandes.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The mining industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU