QUEBEC – Nemaska Lithium of Quebec City has signed an agreement in principle with the city of Shawinigan to acquire land and part of an existing manufacturing plant so that it can build a hydrometallurgical facility to treat concentrates from its Whabouchi lithium project. The site will accommodate both the phase one and commercial lithium hydroxide plants.
Originally, Nemaska planned to build its hydromet plant at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, near Montreal. Changing the location to Shawinigan has several advantages: reduced construction time and a significantly smaller capital requirement; existing infrastructure including natural gas, electricity and a railway; and proximity to the Whabouchi mine site 300 km northwest of Chibougamau.
The Whabouchi mine has been given its general certificate of authorization by the province. Having the certificate allows Nemaska to pursue financing and begin mine construction.
The company says it will be posting job positions for the hydromet plant in the coming weeks and months. Please visit NemaskaLithium.com.