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Post by mikedufty » Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 19:13

Interesting story on Mining News today.
Progress on extracting lithium for batteries from deposits in WA. Not much direct applicability to building a car, but good to see there are options for expanding world lithium supply as it's needed.

http://www.miningnewspremium.net/storyv ... m=%2D+more

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Post by mikedufty » Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 19:15

Also mentions that WA provides about a third of global lithium production, which I didn't realise.

You'd think the government here would be pushing electric cars more.

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Post by Richo » Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 20:33

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Post by mikedufty » Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 20:38

Sorry, forgot that was a pay site, relevant bits quoted below.

Most of it is taken from their stock exchange announcement
http://cobremontana.com.au/wp-content/u ... Option.pdf

EXPLORER Cobre Montana has secured an option over advanced lithium extraction technologies from Perth-based firm Strategic Metallurgy.

The agreements will allow exclusive access within Western Australia to the technology, potentially aiding the extraction of lithium from sheet-like mica, with Cobre having access to such occurrences at Coolgardie, Ravensthorpe and Southern Cross.

Cobre managing director Adrian Griffin said the agreements were a major step forward.

“The licencing deal follows our recent success in delivering proof-of-concept lithium carbonate production from micas, using [the] Strategic Metallurgy technology,” he said.

“We were able, during this proof-of-concept phase, to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate suitable as feedstock for these emergent high-tech batteries from our lithium mica [lepidolite] deposits in WA.

“Lepidolite, until now, has had very limited application in the production of lithium chemicals, but we have achieved that breakthrough and have now backed it up with a long-term licence to process agreement that will position Cobre Montana as a potential future lithium supplier into these expanding and global high technology markets.”

The agreement includes licence exclusivity for five years if the option is taken up, with another 20 years available if a plant is commissioned in WA during the initial five-year term.


Western Australia provides around a third of annual global lithium production.

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