Millennial Lithium produces battery grade lithium at Pastos Grandes
(Kitco News) - Millennial Lithium (ML: TSX.V) today announced that it has achieved a significant milestone with the production of lithium carbonate of Battery Grade purity from the first batch of brine processed through the company's pilot plant at its Pastos Grandes project in Salta Province, Argentina.
According to the company's statement, the pilot plant produced lithium carbonate with a purity of 99.96%. Typical Battery Grade quality lithium carbonate is > 99.5% purity. The brine feedstock was derived from the company's production well PGMW17-04 on the Pastos Grandes Salar which was pumped to ponds that concentrate the lithium carbonate by solar evaporation.
President and CEO Farhad Abasov commented "The company is very pleased to have reached this significant milestone with our pilot plant producing from the very first run Battery Grade quality lithium carbonate. The analytical results from this first batch indicate Battery Grade lithium carbonate can be produced prior to the CO2 purification stage, and with CO2 purification, we have the potential to produce a superior premium BG lithium carbonate product which may command a price premium.”