Frontier Lithium, Mitsubishi form JV for Canadian lithium operations

The PAK lithium project in Ontario. Credit: Frontier Lithium

Canadian miner Frontier Lithium said on Monday it is forming a joint venture with Japanese trading house Mitsubishi to help advance lithium mining and processing in Ontario.

Frontier aims to become a major supplier of the commodity, a key mineral used in batteries for electric vehicles, to the North American supply chain.

The partnership will help finance Frontier’s PAK lithium project mine in Ontario and a planned lithium chemicals conversion facility, Frontier said.

As per the terms of the agreement signed last week, Mitsubishi would buy a 7.5% stake in the project for C$25 million ($18.44 million), with an option to increase it to 25%.

The PAK Lithium project encompasses about 27,000 hectares of land in Ontario, with two spodumene-bearing lithium deposits delineated since 2013. Spodumene concentrate is a type of lithium mineral ore.

($1 = 1.3560 Canadian dollars)

(By Kabir Dweit; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)


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