Lithium Universe Limited has appointed Primero Group Limited (Primero) as lead manager in relation to the design of a multi-purpose stand-alone concentrator (Concentrator Engineering Study). This appointment is consistent with the business model and will form part of the Company Québec Lithium Processing Hub (QLPH) strategy.
Founded in 2011, Primero specialises in providing design, construction, and operational services for resource projects worldwide. With extensive experience in the lithium sector, Primero’s vertically integrated business model provides for Build, Own, and Operate (BOO) capabilities, enabling its clients to conserve their capital expenditures whilst expediting the transition from an exploration-based, to production-based business operation.
The appointment of Primero to undertake the Concentrator Engineering Study follows an extensive process to procure a contractor with the suitable experience and capabilities to undertake the design of a stand-alone concentrator with the ability to process 1 Mtpa of spodumene ore. The expected design is anticipated to be similar to that of the Mt Cattlin plant, which uses a simple dense media separation (DMS).
The processing plant will involve a four-stage crushing operation to produce particles less than six millimeters, which will then undergo DMS. Additionally, a small flotation circuit will be incorporated into the crusher under-size stream to enhance recoveries. The Company’s team of lithium experts will be assisting Primero in the execution of this strategy.
The Concentrator Engineering Study will also define the process and non-process infrastructure requirements for the concentrator project as well as the definitive estimated capital and operating costs.
The study will address specific project development, delivery, and operating considerations including permitting and approvals, beneficiation flowsheet, risk management, sustainability measures, and product logistics.