Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. said Jan. 2 that it received a water right from the Nevada Division of Water Resources to extract lithium brine for a planned pilot plant at the company's flagship Clayton Valley project.
The fixed-term water right was granted with the total withdrawal not to exceed 50 acre-feet over five years.
The water right provides the permit needed to pump brine from the Clayton Valley aquifer and deliver the brine to the site for pilot-scale production of lithium hydroxide monohydrate.
Pure Energy plans to operate the pilot plant for six to 12 months to further evaluate the technology proposed for extracting lithium from brine and producing lithium hydroxide at the project.
Data from a successful pilot-plant trial will be used to design a full-scale commercial plant.
Pure Energy agreed in 2017 with Tenova Advanced Technologies Ltd., TAKRAF USA Inc. and their technology partners to design, build and operate the pilot plant.