In continuation with the transportation of earlier 20,000 litres of brine samples from Kachi Lithium Brine Project, Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) has now confirmed that it is transporting an additional 20,000 litres of lithium brine samples to Lilac’s direct extraction ion exchange pilot plant module in Oakland, California.
The supply of the additional samples now brings the total of Kachi brines to 40,000 litres to be processed at Lilac’s pilot plant.
Details of Initial Sample Delivery Can be Read Here: 20,000 Ltr Brine Delivered for Pilot Testing: Lake’s Plan in Line for Kachi Pre-Production
Notably, the fresh samples are further expected to ensure a continuous supply of requisite sample sizes for LKE to meet the growing demand from prospective off-takers. EV manufacturers, battery makers and others in the supply chain have demonstrated increased interest in the direct extraction process for the Kachi project using Lilac’s technology.
Lithium explorer and developer, Lake Resources pumped the second lot of samples from several wells in order to offer a range of brine types that are currently being successfully dispatched from the site.
LKE Seems to be Well Positioned Amid COVID-19 Scenario
Amidst the strict COVID-19 guidelines set out by the federal and provincial governments in Argentina, Lake resources undertook the process using increased personal protective equipment (PPE) and under heightened security around travel and activities.
Besides, LKE undertook spraying and cleaning of the vehicles at the Kachi Project before trucking containers of brines to port for dispatch to Lilac’s facility in California.
According to LKE, the operations in Argentina and California are seen as essential services and the work can continue. However, undergoing processing of the initial 20,000 litres of samples has been understandably slower than expected as an effect of the COVID-19 guidelines.
When the Government of Argentina announced restrictions on the travel and movements of non-essential personnel, LKE had acknowledged that the restrictions could have limited impact on the operations of its subsidiaries.
LKE is expected to share another major milestone with the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) of the Kachi Project in the final review process. The PFS, using the direct extraction processing method, is expected to be released before the end of the month.
With an aim to deliver high purity samples from US pilot plant of Lilac, LKE looks forward to processing the additional samples like the existing brine samples in the pilot plant modules, demonstrating effective production of lithium chloride for transformation into battery-grade lithium carbonate.
The initial 20,000 litres of Kachi brine samples had reached Lilac Solutions’ pilot plant in California in early March, and the testing of the lithium brine samples had begun by 18 March 2020.
For more details, Please Read: Kachi Brine Pilot Plant Testing Advanced at Lake’s Technology Partner, Lilac Solutions
LKE stock last traded at $ 0.035 with a market capitalisation of $ 23.5 million on 20 April 2020.
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