Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) is pleased to announce the commencement of pilot testing at ANSTO Minerals (a division of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation). The first test will consist of a 24 hour commissioning run of the Sileach™ circuit, after which process solutions and residual solids will be examined prior to commencing continuous operations in about two weeks’ time.
Trilithionite (a lithium silicate) feed material, for the first pilot plant test run, was recovered from mine dumps at Lepidolite Hill (Western Australia). Beneficial owners of Lepidolite Hill are:
Results from the continuous tests on trilithionite are anticipated in October.
Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX:PLS) has supplied spodumene concentrates for further continuous pilot testing. It is anticipated this will commence at ANSTO Minerals after assessment of the tests on trilithionite.
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