Canada’s Nemaska proceeds with construction of lithium unit in Quebec

07 February 2013 14:08  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Nemaska Lithium will proceed with building phase I of a lithium hydroxide and carbonate plant at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal, the Canadian lithium exploration and development company said on Thursday.

Nemaska said it expects the $25m phase I, with maximum production of 500 tonnes/year, to be completed towards the end of 2013. Production is expected to begin in January 2014.

In a second phase, Nemaska plans to build a larger lithium hydroxide and carbonate plant at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, it added.

“We will benefit from the experience of running and operating our plant on a smaller scale, gaining invaluable know-how as we construct and design the larger commercial facility,” said CEO Guy Bourassa.

Last October, Nemaska’s agreed an off-take deal to supply lithium hydroxide to Phostech Lithium, a Canadian subsidiary Switzerland-based specialty chemicals major Clariant.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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