Eramine eyes 2020 startup at Argentine lithium project

Friday, January 12, 2018

Eramine Sudamerica, the Argentine subsidiary of French mining and metals firm Eramet, continues to advance a feasibility study for its Centenario-Ratones lithium brine project in Salta province with a view to starting production in 2020, according to the provincial government.

The company expects the project to cost some US$400mn in initial capex and produce 20,000t/y lithium carbonate using a proprietary adsorption technology under development in France, which Eramine says is more efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional methods.

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The feasibility study is being carried out in partnership with Techint.

Eramine previously said a full feasibility study was expected by the end of 2017.

The company has been conducting exploration and studies in the area since 2012 and in 2014 cemented a PPP with Salta province-owned firmy REMSA for development of a 500km2 land package.