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Stage 2 of the Olaroz Lithium Facility has achieved first production, producing wet lithium carbonate cake at the filter presses. The Olaroz Stage 2 development has a capacity of 25,000 tpa of technical grade lithium carbonate. Once ramp up is completed, the combined capacity of Olaroz Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be approximately 42,500 tpa of lithium carbonate.
Ore Reserve tonnage at Mt Cattlin increased by 34%, extending the mine's life for 4-5 more years (2027-2028) via open pit mining methods. Board approval for the first cutback of the open pit will result in continued spodumene production until 2026. An underground Feasibility Study is expected by Q1 CY24, which may unlock greater orebody extension potential and prolong the mine's life.
Allkem and Livent announce an all-stock merger to create a leading global lithium chemicals producer, valued at US$10.6 billion. The combined company will have greater scale and global capabilities, with a focus on sustainability and responsible growth. Significant operating synergies and capital savings are expected, with the transaction set to close by the end of 2023.
Discovery of an additional swarm of spodumene-bearing pegmatite dykes in the northwest sector of James Bay Project in Québec, Canada. Significant grade and thickness in drill results, with potential for additions to resources and reserves as exploration continues. Winter drilling program consisting of infill and delineation, exploration, and systematic step-out drilling concluded in April 2023, with further assay results pending.
Completion of an infill drilling program and MRE review has successfully increased total tonnes of contained metal by 4% and converted Inferred resources to Indicated category. New MRE of 12.8 Mt @ 1.3% Li2O and 179ppm Ta2O5 reflects higher lithium grade and supports upcoming Reserve update and life of mine extension review. Open pit and underground mining studies are underway, further drilling planned for late CY23, and Stage 3 exploration drilling completed in the SW area with assay results pending.
Resource at Olaroz has increased by 27% to 20.7Mt LCE Lithium grade at Olaroz ranges from 604 to 657 mg/l The increased resource supports future expansion and forms the basis for Olaroz Stage 3/Cauchari expansion studies
Grade control drilling at Mt. Cattlin has confirmed the location and grade of ore that will be mined over the remainder of H2 FY23 Production for the June half is expected to be 80,000-90,000 tonnes, with annual production of 114,000-124,000 tonnes Results from the drilling have confirmed Company expectations that production will increase as mining moves into more central zones
The Olaroz Lithium Facility achieved record production of 4,253 tonnes of lithium carbonate which was up 17% on the previous corresponding period. Lithium carbonate sales were 3,131 tonnes, generating record quarterly revenue of ~US$151 million with a gross cash margin of 90%. The weighted average price for third party sales of lithium carbonate products in Q3 FY23 is expected to be in line with Q2 FY23.