THE BOURSE WHISPERER: European Metals (ASX: EMH) has had a bulk sample collected from the company’s Cinovec lithium-tin-tungsten project in the Czech Republic, which is to be used in lithium mini-plant testing at Strategic Metallurgy’s facility in Perth.
A bulk sample of 1.5 tonnes was collected and transported for initial processing to process engineers UVR-FIA in Freiberg, Germany, which has been instructed to prepare the sample and float at least 400 kilograms of zinnwaldite concentrate.
European Metals said the work has commenced, with concentrate preparation and transport expected to have the concentrate landing in Perth early in the fourth quarter of 2015.
“I am delighted to report that processing of the Cinovec bulk sample for lithium mini-plant testing has commenced,” European Metals CEO Keith Coughlan said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“These are exciting times for the company, as successful mini-plant testing in a continuous feed scenario is a giant leap along the path to validating the concept for lithium carbonate production at Cinovec.”
The mini-plant run is to be managed by Lithium Australia (ASX: CXB) following that company’s successful trial of the concept on concentrate from its Lepidolite Hill project earlier this year.
On receipt of the concentrate sample the mini-plant run will commence and last for approximately 10 days.
The mini-plant is designed to produce lithium carbonate and by-products on a continuous basis to further refine the process inputs and produce samples for market evaluation.