Caucharí-Olaroz achieves initial lithium production

13th June 2023 By: Mariaan Webb - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

Caucharí-Olaroz achieves initial lithium production

Toronto- and New York-listed Lithium Americas on Monday reported that the Caucharí-Olaroz project, in Argentina, had produced its first lower-than-battery-quality lithium carbonate as part of commissioning.

Additional purification processing equipment necessary to achieve battery-quality lithium carbonate is expected to be completed in the second half of 2023.

“The initial production achieved as part of commissioning is an exciting step as Caucharí-Olaroz continues to advance toward first production of battery-quality lithium carbonate,” said Lithium Americas president and CEO Jonathan Evans.

During the ramp-up stage to production capacity of 40 000 t/y, the company expects Caucharí-Olaroz to operate substantially below designed capacity and to produce lithium carbonate below battery-quality specifications.