Lithium (chemical symbol: Li) is the lightest of all metals. It does not occur as a pure element in nature, but is contained within stable minerals in a range of hard rock types or in solution in brine bodies within salt lakes, in sea water or geothermal brines. The contained concentration of lithium is generally low and there are only a limited number of known resources where lithium can be economically extracted.
Analysis - Lithium
Dean Clayton Valley project; outcropping lithium-rich claystone
Oil wells; source
It has been relatively quiet around Nemaska Lithium the last 6 months or so, after it started construction on the Phase I plant and completed several early stage parts of the Whabouchi Mine, besides looking for capex financing packages along the way. Although lithium product prices held up very well at relatively high levels and are even slowly rising again:
- Nemaska Lithium secures a 8000t LCE per annum off-take with FMC
- LCE prices seem to be bottoming for now, a deficit is still expected well into 2018
- The upside for the Nemaska thesis is still intact