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Project Overview

Project Number
Total Grant Value
MRIWA Contribution
Project Theme
Processing Technology
Project Period
2020 - 2022

The Challenge

Knowledge of the deportment of lithium and associated minerals in ore bodies, and linking the mineralogy to the fundamental processes of mineral liberation, thermal alteration and chemical dissolution is essential to predict the response of ore reserves to metallurgical treatment options.

The Solution

  • Geological database on LCT (Li, Cs, Ta) pegmatite mineral systems in WA.
  • Quantitative understanding of the mineralogical deportment of economic and deleterious elements in pegmatitic deposits, identifying factors that improve or inhibit economic recovery of Li.
  • Geometallurgical models optimising the development of Li deposits.
  • Verification of the suitability of field portable devices for determining Li abundance and distribution at exploration sites and during drilling operations.
  • Multi-institutional “Centre of Excellence” to foster capability and capacity of WA research institutions to conduct eMaterials-relevant research.

Proposed Benefit to WA

Improved efficiencies in exploration, mineral beneficiation and processing techniques for WA lithium pegmatite deposits to underpin a resilient and sustainable eMaterials industry in WA.

Keywords: deportment, LCT pegmatite, lithium

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