E3 Lithium said in a recent progress update report that it is advancing its preparation activities for its field pilot plant in Canada, including the receipt of its facility license last month.
The company said current on-site work is primarily regarding the installation and operation of the downhole equipment in preparation for brine production for the pilot.
E3 is planning a pre-pilot reservoir test to boost its understanding of the reservoir fluid characterization for future development work, and is grading and preparing the site in advance of the delivery of equipment.
The next stage for the project is piping and protective structure installation, which will be done over the coming 4-6 weeks.
Lithium extraction process equipment and E3’s sorbent manufacturing both are continuing offsite; all is currently on track to arrive early in the third quarter. Installation and commissioning are projected to take about four weeks, after which full operations can commence.
“E3 will share key performance indicators for the lithium extraction processes at the pilot plant prior to commissioning,” it said. “The company remains committed to industry-leading environmental and safety standards and has practices, policies and procedures in place ensure the site operates safely throughout 2023.”
President and CEO Chris Doornbos noted the pilot project is on track and on budget for the Q3 start.
E3’s plant was funded by Alberta Innovates, the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund and Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration Program.
Source: E3 Lithium