Frontier Lithium completes successful metallurgical tests producing spodumene concentrate with a grade of 7.13% Li2O
Sudbury, Ontario, October 3, 2017 – Frontier Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: FL) (the “Company”) is pleased to report metallurgical results from the Company’s 100% owned PAK Lithium Project (the “Project”) in the Red Lake Mining District, Northwestern Ontario. The Locked Cycle Test (LCT) flotation test work was performed from a representative 500 kg master composite mineralized sample. The test work was undertaken by XPS Consulting & Testwork Services (“XPS”), a Glencore company, and based in Falconbridge, Ontario, Canada.
The comprehensive program returned favourable results, confirming the suitability and robustness of the flowsheet design. Locked cycle flotation produced lithium concentrate grades of 7.13% lithium oxide (Li2O) with a corresponding Li2O recovery of 79.4%. “The results that were obtained in our metallurgical testing have clearly demonstrated a sound understanding of the processing characteristics of the mineralized material. A future plant with optimized equipment is expected to produce similar results to the locked cycle tests undertaken by XPS,” commented Trevor Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium.
The program also included high intensity magnetic removal of iron that resulted in concentrate iron oxide levels of 0.1% Fe2O3. These results confirm the suitability of the material to meet the most rigorous specifications of the lithium market. “The results are analogous with the low-iron, high purity product highly sought after by discerning customers in the glass and ceramics industry – spodumene technical grade is the most stringent specification to meet and is the second largest market segment for global lithium demand,” said Trevor Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium. “Frontier is currently conducting a Pre-Feasibility Study, therefore this test work is a significant de-risking event for the Project. These results meet expectations from the lithium market’s industrial consumers (technical grade), and consequently exceed chemical grade requirements for further upgrading to produce 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 low-iron, high purity lithium.”
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.