Partners Lithium Americas Corp. and Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd have provided an update on their Caucharí-Olaroz lithium project in Jujuy province, Argentina.
The Caucharí-Olaroz partners have approved the commencement of development planning for a second stage expansion of at least an additional 20 000 tpy of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) production capacity from Caucharí-Olaroz.
“Caucharí-Olaroz is on track to become the largest new lithium brine operation in over 20 years,” commented George Ireland, Chairman of Lithium Americas, “With construction for Stage 1 expected to be complete within the next year, together with Ganfeng Lithium, we are beginning to plan our next phase of growth in Argentina.”
Stage 2 expansion plan
The Caucharí-Olaroz Stage 2 expansion is targeting the following development parameters:
Production capacity of at least 20 000 tpy LCE to commence in 2025.
Construction commencing in 2H22, following the commissioning and start-up of the initial 40 000 tpy operation (Stage 1).
Infrastructure additions to support long-term expansions beyond Stage 2.
The Caucharí-Olaroz Partners expect to provide further details of the Stage 2 expansion plan by 4Q21, followed by an updated feasibility study in 2022. (Published by Will Owen, Deputy Editor
Global Mining Review)
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