Hydromet Plant

Nemaska Lithium has released a Feasibility Study on the Whabouchi lithium mining project which encompasses a combined open pit lithium mine and underground lithium mine and concentrator located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Region of Quebec, Canada, near the Cree community of Nemaska. The goal is to become a leading supplier of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate to the emerging lithium battery market.

The hydromet plant will be located in Shawinigan, QC. Nemaska Lithium announced in September 2015 the signing of an agreement in principle with the City of Shawinigan for the acquisition of part of the land and part of existing manufacturing facilities (Produits forestiers Résolu's former Laurentide plant) in Shawinigan. This site will host both phase 1 and the commercial phase plants and has been selected for its excellent infrastructure. It is seviced by existing railways, natural gas, an important pool of skilled workers and a nearby port. The hydromet plant will be state of the art and will use Nemaska Lithium's proprietary process to convert the spodumene concentrate into the purest lithium hydroxide on the market. Proximity to the Hydro-Quebec network, as the plant will use close to 50 MW once in full operation, and access to the natural gas network were also deciding factors.

Nemaska Lithium Whabouchi 2016 Feasibility Study.

Both the Phase 1 plant and the commercial chemical plant will be built in Shawinigan, Quebec.