Lithium North America site, La Corne.
Work to relaunch Lithium North America activities is progressing well in La Corne .
Sayona Mining Company estimates that 30% of the improvement work is completed on the plant, where it is expected to produce spodumene concentrate by March 2023.< /p>
Fifty workers are busy on site and Sayona plans to double its workforce by the end of the year.
“We have purchased quality equipment to restart production with a concentrate of quality, underlines Cindy Valence, Chief Sustainable Development Officer for Sayona.
“You have to optimize the process to ensure you have a 6% spodumene concentrate. This is part of our commitment to implement the 2nd transformation within five years. This will facilitate the production of quality carbonate or hydroxide, depending on the choice that will be made.
— Cindy Valence, Chief Sustainability Officer for Sayona
To relaunch its operations, Sayona will use ore from its La Corne deposit, which has was operated by the former owners from 2012 to 2014 and then in 2017. The company's objective is to be able to add ore from its Authier site in La Motte when it has passed the approval process.
We are still at the amendment stage of our impact study, adds Ms Valence. Other actions will follow from there, but we can start in 023 with the ore from the La Corne site.
Sayona, who will invest $100 million in the revival of Lithium North America, says it has so far obtained 97% of the permits needed to resume production. The company also provided $28 million in financial security for the end-of-mine-life restoration plan.