Australia’s Sayona to bid for Quebec lithium miner

North American Lithium halted spodumene production earlier in February. Credit: North American Lithium

Australia’s Sayona Mining on Tuesday announced its intention to participate in the bidding process for North American Lithium’s (NAL) operations in QuĂ©bec, which include a lithium mine and concentrator located in Abitibi near the mining district of Val d’Or.

Operations at the NAL mine, which produced 114,000 tonnes of spodumene in 2018, were halted in February this year, with the company obtaining protection from creditors in May. Earlier this week, the Québec Superior Court ended creditor protection and invited bids for the company’s assets.

Sayona’s managing director, Brett Lynch, said in a press release that “the potential to revitalize the NAL operation presented a unique opportunity both for the company and QuĂ©bec.”

In addition, Saynona’s nearby Authier project, which is currently in the process of securing the necessary regulatory approvals, could be integrated, bringing “significant operational improvements.”

“This could facilitate the development of a hub for lithium extraction and downstream processing in Abitibi, which is ideally positioned to participate in the growth of the North American battery sector,” Lynch said.

The Authier project is estimated to produce 87,400 tonnes of spodumene per year over a mine life of 18 years, with the project expected to cost C$83.6 million to develop.

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