New York-headquartered Piedmont Lithium Limited (ASX:PLL; NASDAQ:PLL) has produced 120 kg of spodumene concentrate from core samples collected from the company’s Piedmont Lithium Project located within the world-class Carolina Tin-Spodumene Belt (TSB).
President and Chief Executive Officer, Keith Phillips, said these samples have now been used in the bench-scale lithium hydroxide testwork programme nearing completion at SGS laboratories in Lakefield, Ontario. Concentrate qualities and recoveries were consistent with earlier testwork programs.
The company has also produced additional, larger-scale samples of quartz and feldspar concentrates as part of this testwork. Quartz samples prepared in SGS laboratories were delivered to potential solar glass customers and met customer quality expectations.
Mr Phillips said confidential customer discussions are ongoing through the company’s marketing partnership with Ion Carbon, a division of AMCI. Samples of quartz and feldspar concentrates will be delivered to other potential clients in the coming weeks. Mica samples will be produced in the coming weeks.
The updated spodumene concentrate and byproduct results will be used to support the company’s study updates which will be announced later this month.
“Our lithium hydroxide testwork programme continues at SGS, and is based on the high-quality, low impurity spodumene concentrate prepared from a 1.75 tonne representative ore sample from Piedmont’s Core property,” Mr Phillips said.
“Byproduct testwork is also continuing, and after positive initial customer feedback we have received from prospective quartz customers, we are beginning to evaluate the opportunity to expand our planned byproduct production, potentially further lowering our spodumene concentrate costs.”