CleanTech Lithium’s pilot plant in Chile starts operations

The plant is located approx 250km from CleanTech’s flagship Laguna Verde project in northern Chile. (Image: CleanTech Lithium)

CleanTech Lithium (AIM: CTL) announced on Wednesday that its direct lithium extraction (DLE) pilot plant in Copiapó, northern Chile, has commenced operations. The plant has a design capacity of one tonne per month of lithium carbonate equivalent as concentrated eluate.

The first production of eluate was completed in the past week, and it will begin to be shipped in batches to North America, the UK-based lithium developer said. Brine from the company’s Laguna Verde project, located approximately 250 km from the pilot plant, was processed through DLE columns.

“This pilot plant aims to produce significant quantities of battery-grade product for evaluation by potential strategic partners, making CTL one of the few companies in the sector to produce pilot-scale volumes of battery-grade product,” CleanTech CEO Aldo Boitano said in a news release.

“The pilot plant positions CTL as a leader in the sector and in Chile, with the first eluate production representing a significant milestone for the company,” he said.

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