Test program commenced to further improve Keliber’s lithium carbonate process
Nordic Mining’s associated company Keliber Oy has contracted Outotec (Finland) Oy to carry out a test program to further improve the developed lithium carbonate process. The test program which is scheduled for completion in Q2 2015 will provide input for Keliber’s pre-feasibility study scheduled for Q3 2015.
Outotec (Finland) Oy has previously carried out research work related to Keliber’s lithium carbonate production process and has proven the production concept technically efficient and valid.
Outotec has now commenced a test program to further improve the lithium carbonate process. Spodumene concentrate from Keliber’s Länttä deposit will be used as test material for the program. The concentrate has been prepared at GTK’s laboratories.
The test program will include all the process stages from calcining to crystallization of the lithium carbonate product. The aim of the program is to further define the process parameters as well as to design the right equipment configuration and parameters to each process stage. The lithium carbonate produced in the test program is aimed to be battery grade and will serve as product samples for Keliber’s pre-marketing efforts.
The test program is scheduled for completion in Q2 2015. Outotec will also provide input to a pre-feasibility study scheduled for completion in Q3 2015.
Nordic Mining owns approximately 25% of the share capital in Keliber.
For further information please contact CFO Lars K. Grøndahl, telephone +47 901 60 941.
Oslo, 16 March 2015
Nordic Mining ASA
Nordic Mining ASA (www.nordicmining.com)
Nordic Mining ASA (“Nordic Mining” or “the Company”) is a resource company with focus on high-end industrial minerals and metals in Norway and internationally. The Company’s project portfolio is of high international standard and holds a significant economic potential. The Company’s assets are mainly in the Nordic region.
Through the subsidiary Nordic Rutile AS Nordic Mining is undertaking large-scale project development at Engebøfjellet in Sogn and Fjordane where the Company has rights to a substantial eclogite deposit with rutile and garnet. Nordic Mining has rights for exploration and production of high-purity quartz in Kvinnherad in Hordaland and develops the project through its subsidiary Nordic Quartz AS. Nordic Mining’s associated company Keliber Oy in Finland plans to start mining of lithium bearing spodumene and production of lithium carbonate. Nordic Mining holds exploration rights on the Øksfjord Peninsula in Troms and Finnmark, where the Company has discovered a prospective area of sulphide mineralisation. Through the subsidiary Nordic Ocean Resources AS, Nordic Mining is exploring opportunities related to seabed mineral resources.
Nordic Mining is listed on Oslo Axess.