The patented lithium hydroxide technology was developed at the company’s phase one plant in Shawinigan, Que.
The Whabouchi mine is located 30 km from the Cree community of Nemaska and 350 km north of Chibougamau, Que. An open pit mine and concentrator are under development for 24 years of production at a mining rate of 2,830 tonnes/day. That will be followed by underground mining for nine years at a rate of 3,665 tonnes/day.
Nemaska emerged from creditor protection in August 2020 under the joint ownership of Investissement Quebec, Pallinghurst Group, and Orion Mine Finance. The company was delisted from the TSX last year.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)