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Arizona Lithium commences construction at Prairie Project

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Global Mining Review,

Arizona Lithium Limited, a company focused on the sustainable development of two large lithium development projects in North America, the Big Sandy Lithium Project (“Big Sandy”) and the Prairie Lithium Project (“Prairie”), has announced that it has commenced construction of the first commercial pad at its Prairie project, in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Construction is now complete on the portion of ground that will hold the wells for the first DLE facility. Based on the company’s anticipated upcoming PFS, this well pad will target production rates of approximately 2000 tpa Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE). With the well pad built now, AZL will quickly advance from pilot operations to commercialisation of the first facility via the drilling of wells. Applications have been submitted to licence the initial two wells for this pad.

The DLE pilot in Saskatchewan will provide Arizona Lithium with the final parameters needed to design, permit, and construct its first commercial lithium extraction facility. The company is diligently advancing the Prairie project to ensure that the lithium extraction technology can be deployed at commercial scale as fast as possible. The PFS which is intended to be released by the end of the year, will provide a scope of economics and technical overview of the project. The company will use the information from the Pilot and PFS to finalise its application to licence the first commercial DLE facility.

Arizona Lithium Managing Director, Paul Lloyd, commented: “The ability to receive permits to construct the pad highlights the expediency of the responsible and efficient Saskatchewan regulatory framework, which is built on years of oil and mining development. There is abundant infrastructure near this site, as this is a very active industrial region for agriculture, mining, and oil. This ability to get things done is a prime example of why Saskatchewan is consistently named a top ranked jurisdiction for mining investment, and why we believe our project in Saskatchewan will be one of the first to market in North America. We look forward to continuing to work with the government of Saskatchewan on finalising the licence and permits for our wells and lithium extraction operations over the coming months, as we continue to target 2025 for initial production.”

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