Feb 12, 2021

Cornish Lithium starts second drilling at Trelavour

Lithium
UK
Drilling
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Two drill rigs are expected to be on site for eight-to-ten weeks
Two drill rigs are expected to be on site for eight-to-ten weeks...

Cornish Lithium has started its second drilling campaign at its Trelavour hard rock lithium project near St Austell.

Two drill rigs are expected to be on site for eight to ten weeks with almost 1,500 metres of diamond and 2,500 metres of ‘reverse circulation’ drilling planned. This drilling programme will contribute towards Cornish Lithium’s first reportable mineral resource at Trelavour, which will be overseen by mining consultants, Mining Plus.

Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium, said the detailed drilling programme will provide further data regarding the lithium in hard rock resource discovered last year and will help it shape thinking as to how lithium from hard rock will ultimately be extracted.

In December, it announced that it would accelerate the development of Trelavour following the successful production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from lithium mica samples obtained during its first drilling programme earlier in 2020. 

"We are now looking forward to this second drilling campaign and producing our maiden mineral resource from Trelavour," he said.

"In parallel, we continue to advance our project to extract lithium contained within geothermal waters. We have recently begun work on the UK Government-funded pilot lithium extraction plant at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project which will enable us to trial a number of Direct Lithium Extraction technologies. In addition, we are actively identifying new prospects and potential drill sites, allowing us to significantly increase our understanding of this resource."

In December 2020, Cornish Lithium announced it had acquired a technology licence from Australian listed company Lepidico, which provides Cornish Lithium with an innovative and environmentally-responsible metallurgical processing solution for lithium extraction at the Trelavour project. 

Using this technology, the company - which raised more than £5.2 million in crowdfunding last October - is now progressing towards bulk metallurgical testing and the construction of a pilot plant using Lepidico’s proprietary L-Max and LOH-Max technologies. 

The Trelavour project is located within an existing china clay pit and its development is expected to benefit from existing mining infrastructure in the region and create new jobs. 

Lithium is essential for all existing and near-term commercial EV battery technologies and considered the gateway element to a zero-carbon future.  

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

Vale
Nickel
Manitoba
battery metals
2 min
Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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