Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) – $0.16

04 Feb 2016

Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) have received final assays confirming the potential for a second commercial lithium product from its Lepidolite Hill mica deposit located 55km southwest of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.


Control assays confirm production of 99.9% lithium hydroxide from micas. The lithium hydroxide was produced by dissolution of the lithium carbonate and addition of lime. Filtration of the solution removed most of the solid impurities (predominantly calcium and magnesium).


Final control assays from the production of lithium hydroxide verify the potential to produce this product from lithium micas. The process is accomplished by conversion of lithium carbonate. The tests were conducted on lithium carbonate samples produced during a mini plant production run by the company last July 2015 using lepidolite from Lepidolite Hill (Figure 1).


CXB Li mini plant

Figure 1. Processing Lepidolite Hill lithium micas in the mini plant



Uses for lithium hydroxide include high and low temperature greases, gas purification systems for spacecraft and submarines, heat transfer mediums and as storage battery electrolytes.



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