Lithium Americas has reported the results of a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) of its large-scale Thacker Pass lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) project in northwest Nevada and based on the results has outlined a timetable for two phases of development. Phase 1 will have production capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year (mt/y) of battery-grade Li2CO3 beginning in 2022. Phase 2 will double capacity to 60,000 mt/y in 2026. Given the soft nature of the Thacker Pass deposit, minimal blasting and crushing is anticipated. Mining will be by continuous miners.
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