Galaxy Resources reported that its lithium carbonate plant in China’s Jiangsu province has successfully undergone a planned maintenance shutdown period, during which the “front end” of the plant was modified to enable lithium carbonate production from higher grade spodumene feedstock supply from alternative sources.

Galaxy Resources’ lithium carbonate plant.
Galaxy Resources’ lithium carbonate plant formerly processed only spodumene feedstock sourced from a producer in Western Australia. A recent modification allows the facility to now accept a wider range of feedstock.<

The plant formerly operated on spodumene feedstock solely sourced from Mount Cattlin in Western Australia and has now transitioned to allow a wider range of feedstock. The modifications, according to the company, were completed smoothly and the plant will now be operating on higher grade feedstock, which is expected to enhance throughput capacity.

The ongoing production ramp-up is part of Galaxy’s strategy to focus on delivering high-purity lithium products and a key component of the strategy to reach break-even levels of production at the Jiangsu plant, near Shanghai, by the end of the year.

Galaxy Resources is an Australian-based and ASX-listed global lithium company with lithium production facilities, hard rock mines and brine assets in Australia, China, Canada and Argentina. The Jiangsu plant has a name-plate annual capacity of 17,000 metric tons and is primarily focused on producing battery-grade lithium carbonate. The company said it is aiming to become the largest producer in the Asia Pacific region and the fourth largest in the world.

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