Sigma breaks ground at Grota do Cirilo lithium project in Brazil
(Kitco News) - Sigma Lithium Resources (TSX-V: SGMA) announced today that it has initiated significant earthworks activities at the company's wholly-owned Grota do Cirilo hard rock lithium project in Brazil. The company said it "broke ground" with topsoil removal, clearing and grubbing in the site area (plant and mine).
According to the company's statement, these activities follow completion of the geotechnical assessment for the civil engineering and evaluation of impact on the foundation design and earthwork quantities for construction of the foundation for the production plant for Phase 1 of the project, which is designed to allow for expansion design features incorporating a future second production line.
The company added that the occasion was marked by a visit of the Governor of the State of Minas Gerais and his senior leadership team including, amongst others, the Secretary of State for Economic Development, his Deputy Secretary and The President of INDI (Secretary of Strategic Development Projects for Minas Gerais State).
Governor Zema said at the occasion, "Our objective is to be a friend to the investor, generating income and jobs... We have so much more to do for Minas Gerais. What we are building is just the first step."
"This is an operation that is totally in harmony with our best and most modern practices of mineral extraction," said Fernando Passalio, Secretary of State for Economic Development.
Sigma is also announced that it has appointed Promon Engenharia of Sao Paulo, Brazil for the design and construction of Phase 1 of the project. Promon joins Primero Group of Australia as Sigma's international engineering team for construction of the project.The company is developing the largest hard rock lithium deposits in the Americas, located at its wholly owned Grota do Cirilo project in Brazil with the goal of participating in the rapidly expanding global supply chain of electric vehicles. Initial production of 220,000 tonnes per year of high purity lithium concentrate is on track for the third quarter of 2022.