Canadian Mining Journal


Pure Energy’s Robinson surveys the world’s lithium deposits

VANCOUVER — While the burgeoning lithium market has sent companies scrambling to secure and advance lithium projects across the globe, anyone new to the scene may be left wondering what the fuss is all about.

And so The Northern Miner reached out to Andy Robinson, chief operating officer for Pure Energy Minerals (TSXV: PE), to describe the fundamentals of lithium deposits and how to understand the key differences between projects.

Pure Energy entered the lithium business in 2009, and picked up its flagship Clayton Valley South property in 2011. The brine-hosted deposit is beside North America’s current sole lithium producer Albemarle (NYSE: ALB) and its Silver Peak operation, halfway between Reno and Las Vegas in Nevada.

“The lithium world is not like normal commodities … it’s highly technical and there’s lots of tricky geology, hydrogeology and chemical engineering you have to solve to make it work,” Robinson says over coffee at a cafe near The Northern Miner’s bureau in Vancouver.

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