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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.
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.