Canada Lithium Corp. (” Canada Lithium” or the “Company”) (TSX: CLQ) (U.S. OTC: CLQMF) announced it has appointed former FMC Corp. process plant veteran Michael Seawright as Process Plant Manager of the Quebec Lithium processing plant near Val d’Or, Québec.
Mr. Seawright’s career spans more than three decades of process plant operations focused on the production of a range of lithium products, including high purity lithium carbonate. Initially in his career with Foote Mineral Company, he was employed at the lithium operations in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, working in the spodumene processing plants and quality control laboratories. Mr. Seawright was subsequently appointed by FMC Corp. to its central lithium processing facility at Bessemer City, North Carolina, as Production Manager responsible for a number of FMC’s wide range of lithium products, including lithium chloride, pharmaceutical lithium carbonate, lithium metal, lithium bromide, lithium hypochlorite, specialty inorganic and lithium hydroxide circuits.
In addition to Mr. Seawright, the Quebec Lithium processing plant team will be bolstered by two more ex-FMC personnel from Bessemer City: Pratt Ray and Eric Carter, who will provide significant additional technical expertise in the process engineering and mechanical maintenance areas.
Commissioning and initial production at the Val d’Or mine and processing plant are ongoing. Mining operations have continued on their commissioning schedule and the mine currently has more than 100,000 tonnes of stockpiled ore available for crushing. Process Plant commissioning continues to accelerate, although at slower rates than initially anticipated. As a result of these large stockpiles, mining production rates are being reduced in order to match process plant capacity and minimize working capital expenditure. Battery-grade lithium product sample shipments to China, Korea and Japan have been dispatched and additional shipments are planned over the coming weeks.
About Canada Lithium Corp.
The Company holds a 100% interest in the Québec Lithium Project near Val d’Or, the geographical heart of the Québec mining industry. It has completed construction and is in the commissioning phase of an open-pit mine and on-site processing plant with estimated capacity to produce approximately 20,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium carbonate annually. Metallurgical tests have produced battery-grade lithium carbonate samples. A five-year off-take agreement for a minimum of 12,000 tonnes per year was recently signed with Tewoo-ERDC, one of China’s largest commodities traders. A second off-take for up to 5,000 tonnes per year was recently signed with Marubeni Corp., a major Japanese commodities trading company. Lithium carbonate is used in lithium-ion batteries that power consumer electronics (laptops, tablets, etc.), power-grid storage facilities and electric and hybrid vehicles. For more information regarding the Company, please refer to the Company’s public filings available at www.sedar.com and www.canadalithium.com