Alpha produces lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate from Tolillar Salar in Argentina
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(Kitco News) - Alpha Lithium (TSX.V: ALLI), an exploration and development company situated in the heart of South America's "Lithium Triangle", today announced that after weeks of bench testing raw brine samples from its wholly-owned Tolillar Salar, Alpha's efforts have yielded anticipated lab-scale quantities of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate.
Alpha Lithium said that Beyond Lithium utilized the same raw brine samples that were previously run through Alpha's Direct Lithium Extraction ("DLE") process developed in-house by the principals of Beyond Lithium. That same DLE process yielded a lithium concentration of 9,474 mg/L, starting from raw brine, produced from the Tolillar Salar, the company noted.
The company said that samples of the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate have been sent from Beyond Lithium's lab in Salta, Argentina to SGS Canada in Ontario. SGS will determine the purity of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate, as well as provide a complete breakdown of impurities present in the final products, if any.
President and CEO Brad Nichol commented, "We are elated to have actually produced both lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate from the Tolillar Salar, less than 18 months after founding the company. While this is limited bench scale production, it showcases our strategic goal to achieve production and our proven ability to operate at an incredible pace in Argentina."
Alpha Lithium added that it is intently focused on determining the optimal DLE technology and most suitable lithium production process for its properties in Argentina.
Concurrently, Alpha announced that it has $34.2 million in cash and equivalents and is therefore well positioned to aggressively pursue production and growth in Argentina's Lithium Triangle.
Alpha Lithium focused on the development of the Tolillar and Hombre Muerto Salars. In Tolillar, the company has assembled 100% ownership of what may be one of Argentina's last undeveloped lithium salars, encompassing 27,500 hectares (67,954 acres), neighboring multi-billion-dollar lithium players in the heart of the renowned "Lithium Triangle". In Hombre Muerto, the company is expanding its foothold in one of the world's highest quality, longest producing lithium salars.