Testing HMW Brine Suitability For Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Production
Galan Lithium Limited (ASX:GLN) has sent a three cubic metre brine sample, from its Hombre Muerto West (HMW) lithium project in Argentina to the arrived the world re-nowned Universidad Catolica del Norte in Antofagasta (UA) in Chile.
Detailed analysis will now commence to solidify HMW’s optimised brine quality of 4.8% Li. The current modelling shows that the HMW brine is more than competitive for the production of battery grade lithium carbonate.
UA will be providing facilities, equipment and technical personnel (in conjunction with Ad-Infinitum) with the laboratory testwork for high end carbonate product and evaporation ponds expected to take 15-18 weeks.
Galan’s Managing Director, JP Vargas de la Vega, said the Universidad Catolica del Norte has a sound track record in previously performing this type of lab test work for major lithium companies.
Mr de la Vega added that Galan continues to develop the design of the evaporation ponds system and the preferable production capacity. The process design and pond layout are set to be completed during October with completion of the PEA/Scoping Study remaining on track with results expected in Q4 2020.
“We are pleased to announce that the brines have arrived at the famous University of Antogafasta with the HMW Project continuing to advance with brine testing being conducted in more realistic conditions,” Mr de la Vega, said.
“Galan has transported excess brine to test what the predictive model has indicated and to test other potential avenues for intermediate commercial product solutions.”