Canadian-based Wealth Minerals has entered into a strategic partnership with thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies for the development of its Ollagüe Salar lithium exploration project in northern Chile.
The first stage of the partnership will entail the identification, evaluation and selection of technology for lithium extraction and purification of Ollagüe. The development of the preliminary flowsheet and layouts, including brine testing and the set-up of a pilot plant, will complete the first stage.
Wealth Minerals said each stage of the partnership is designed to adhere to the highest ESG standards and focuses on cooperation with local communities. The end goal is to establish Ollagüe as a leading benchmark of green mining in lithium brine resource development.
“Traditional evaporation production methods are not an option for us in this project,” said Marcelo A. Awad, Wealth Minerals’ executive director in Chile.
“Our aim is to live up to the highest sustainable standards and to minimize the impact on the environment. thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies, with its wealth of experience and know-how, will help us achieve this.”
Ollagüe is an exploration stage lithium brine mineral project consisting of 8,000 hectares located near the Chile-Bolivia border.
Source: Wealth Minerals