Frontier Lithium moves forward with proof of concept to produce lithium carbonate from PAK deposit
Sudbury, Ontario, October 11, 2017 – Frontier Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: FL) (the “Company”) announces decision to award proof of concept of producing lithium carbonate from spodumene concentrate. This study will evaluate the potential purity and recovery of lithium from the concentrate and ultimately improve commercial understanding and provide data for generation of a continuous pilot process. The test work will be undertaken by XPS Consulting & Testwork Services (“XPS”), a Glencore company, based in Falconbridge, Ontario, Canada.
A recent metallurgical study returned favourable results by producing spodumene concentrate with a grade of 7.13% Li2O from representative material sourced at the Company’s PAK Lithium deposit. These results confirm the suitability of the material to meet the most rigorous specifications of the intended first market of our deposit – the technical grade lithium (low-iron) spodumene concentrate consumers. “Management strongly believes that a possible second stage of investment and longer term prospect is to further process some of PAK’s potential output to produce higher purity lithium compounds required for lithium battery technologies used in the electrification of transportation and electric grid storage applications, as well as high end glass and glass ceramics” comments Trevor Walker, President and CEO Frontier Lithium. “This staged approach for development envisions Frontier Lithium producing compounds for the lithium-ion battery market – a global market that is anxious to see a new, serious supplier in a favourable jurisdiction come online as a sustainable source for high purity lithium compounds.”
The proof of concept will demonstrate its viability and provide essential data for assessment of this possible second stage of product diversification by supplying lithium carbonate. Frontier Lithium intends to spearhead the production of high quality battery grade lithium in Northern Ontario, globally establishing our region as a significant Canadian contributor to clean energy technology.
The test work is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
Mr. Garth Drever, P.Geo., is the “Qualified Person” for Frontier defined under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.