Cornish Lithium 'to speed up development' of UK lithium project

by John Shepherd
CEO Jeremy Wrathall. Photo: Cornish Lithium
UK mineral explorer and developer Cornish Lithium said today it would speed up its Trelavour hard rock lithium project in Cornwall, after successful metallurgical test results.

Cornish Lithium said the move took it a step closer to "accelerating domestic production of battery-quality lithium chemicals" for the UK's automotive and battery industry.

The announcement followed an agreement to work with Australian Stock Exchange-listed Lepidico – which has licensed Cornish Lithium to use its lithium extraction technology at the project, near St Austell.

Production of nominal battery-grade lithium hydroxide was achieved using Lepidico’s proprietary L-Max and LOH-Max process technologies on lithium mica samples, obtained during its maiden hard rock lithium drilling programme within an existing china clay open pit, earlier this year.

Pilot plant

Cornish Lithium said it is now ready to build a pilot plant and conduct bulk metallurgical testing.

Founder and CEO Jeremy Wrathall said: "We look forward to active collaboration with Lepidico and to optimising their processes for zinnwaldite and polylithionite mica ores in Cornwall.”

"Importantly, Lepidico’s technologies are in keeping with Cornish Lithium’s desire to produce lithium in an environmentally friendly, low carbon manner, given their ability to directly leach lithium bearing mica minerals at atmospheric pressure.”

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