QUEBEC – Toronto-based Canada Lithium Corp. has begun commissioning its open pit mine and mill near Val d'Or. During November, 12,000 tonnes of ore and 380,000 tonnes of waste were mined. The waste rock is being used to build the tailings management facility. The ore has been stockpiled.
Commissioning activity at the concentrator has been ongoing during December. The crushing, conveying, ore storage, ball and rod mills, and flotation cells were dry commissioned early in the month and sequentially wet commissioned. The major sections of the hydrometallurgical circuit are in place. The installation of programmable logic controllers, piping and electrical systems is now underway in that part of the plant.
Canada Lithium says it now has 119 employees on the site, and the number will grow to 160 over the next few months. At full production, full time employees will number 200. The first shipment of lithium is scheduled for the end of March 2013.
Technical reports about the Quebec Lithium project are posted at CanadaLithium.com.