European Lithium Limited (ASX:EUR) has completed the appointments of all consultants contributing to the pre-feasibility study (PFS) for its Wolfsberg lithium project in Austria.
SRK (United Kingdom) has been appointed as the mine design consultant and will develop their preliminary mine design to PFS level. It will also recommend the drilling programme to bring the Inferred resource into the Indicated category so that it can be included in the mine design for a future definitive feasibility study.
Dorfner Anzaplan, Germany, who undertook the metallurgical test work for the project have been retained to conduct further test work to support the DRA engineering design.
Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, United Kingdom, will undertake the marketing study for lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide particularly focusing on the requirements for the lithium battery plants being developed in Europe.
Orykton Consulting, Greece, will undertake an evaluation of the market for chemical grade spodumene concentrate with particular reference to China. They will also evaluate the markets for the by-products of feldspar and quartz from the physical processing plant and the by-products of sodium sulphate and aluminium silicate from the conversion of spodumene concentrate to battery grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. A marketing and sales plan for the by-products will be developed.
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As previously reported DRA Global has been appointed to lead the PFS and integrate the work of all consultants and undertake the engineering and capital and operating cost estimates for the processing and infrastructure.
European Lithium Limited CEO, Steve Kesler, said the engineering will largely be carried out in the Johannesburg, South Africa office of DRA with input from their Montreal office which has extensive experience with the Nemaska Lithium project.
He said the DRA project team has been established and a kick off meeting was recently held in Wolfsberg with the company to clarify responsibilities for inputs to the PFS and battery limits. A work schedule was developed for completion of the PFS in Q1 2018.