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Galan Lithium’s HMW full Phase 1 construction commences

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Galan Lithium Ltd has announced that full Phase 1 pond construction has commenced for 5400 tpy LCE production at the Hombre Muerto West (HMW) lithium brine project in Catamarca Province, Argentina. This construction milestone aims to deliver lithium chloride production in 1H25.

Galan Lithium’s HMW full Phase 1 construction commences

The first batch of earthmoving equipment for the construction of the ponds has mobilised and is working on site, with further equipment scheduled to arrive in the next week for scaling up the material movement capacity. Other construction activities are also underway for upgrading essential services, such as: camp, diesel storage, water supply, etc.

The first milestone of the construction of the ponds for HMW project is to build, line, and fill with brine the first pond of the system by 1Q24. This pond has an evaporation area of 205 000 m2, its completion is a major objective triggering the start of the evaporation path to production at the most favourable time. As previously announced, the HMW DFS was separated into two phases. This initial Phase 1 of the DFS focuses on the production of a lithium chloride concentrate, as governed by the production permits just approved. The optimisation work is completed and will culminate in the release of a Phase 2 DFS in September 2023, addressing a full 20 000 tpy LCE production rate.

Juan Pablo (JP) Vargas de la Vega, Galan’s Managing Director, comments:

“This is the beginning of our construction journey to production. I would like to congratulate the global Galan team for their continued support to make this happen. This is also testimony to our desire to work locally with the community and contractors whilst receiving full support from the provincial government of Catamarca, Argentina.

“We have come a long way since our early days, considering Galan only obtained the original Hombre Muerto assets just over five years ago, and with all the delays experienced during COVID-19. This feels more real than ever for everyone at Galan. We will continue to give our best focused efforts to become a new lithium producer by 1H25.”

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