Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. said Oct. 11 that it signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding that will see Tenova Advanced Technologies Ltd., TAKRAF USA Inc. and their technology partners design, build and operate a pilot plant for Pure Energy's Clayton Valley lithium brine project in Nevada.
The plant will assess the viability of Tenova's patented lithium brine extraction and processing technologies for the Clayton Valley project through continuous operation.
Pure Energy noted that the proposed plant will be significantly larger than its mini pilot plant that ran various tests at Tenova's Israel-based facility in 2016.
Under the deal, Tenova's party will contribute in various ways to the construction and operation of the pilot plant, including in-kind services, in-kind supply of equipment and financial contributions.
The overall cost for design, construction and operation of the pilot plant is estimated at up to US$15 million.
The project aims to scale up previous processing work, provide data to support engineering and design of a large-scale commercial plant as well as a feasibility study, and produce samples of high-purity lithium hydroxide monohydrate for potential customers.
Pure Energy expects design and permitting for the pilot plant to take up to 12 months, with construction and operation to take another 12 months, subject in part to potential customer orders.