Arizona Lithium accelerates lithium extraction with arrival of pilot plant in Canada

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AZL's facility in Saskatchewan, Canada. Image credit: Arizona Lithium Limited

Arizona Lithium Limited (AZL), a pioneering company in the North American lithium development sector, has reached a significant milestone in lithium extraction technology with the arrival of the third-party Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) pilot plant at its facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The ASX-listed company said the arrival of the DLE pilot plant marks a transformative phase for AZL, as it prepares to process brine and produce lithium concentrate.

This development is also a critical element of the company’s strategy to sustainably develop its two key lithium projects: the Big Sandy Lithium Project and the Prairie Lithium Project.

Arizona Lithium stated the commissioning of the pilot plant is progressing rapidly, and the AZL team is eager to initiate brine processing.

The resulting lithium concentrate will be transported to the company’s Lithium Research Centre (LRC) in Tempe, Arizona, for further analysis and refinement.

AZL has a track record of producing high-purity lithium using this DLE technology and anticipates that the pilot plant will enable the production of larger quantities of this vital resource.

In addition to the pilot plant testing, AZL continues to refine its proprietary DLE technology at the LRC, with the aim of improving efficiency and sustainability in lithium extraction.

Paul Lloyd, the managing director of Arizona Lithium, conveyed his enthusiasm by stating that they are highly thrilled about the arrival of the pilot plant at their Saskatchewan facility and even more eager to initiate its commissioning and operational phases.

“We are very excited to have the pilot plant arrive at our facility in Saskatchewan, and even more excited to get it commissioned and into operation. I look forward to being able to share the exciting results with our shareholders,” Lloyd stated.

Arizona Lithium Limited is an ASX-listed company focused primarily on the development of a low-cost lithium project in America’s battery corridor.

The Big Sandy Project is located on Interstate I93 between Phoenix and Las Vegas and comprises 311 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims in Arizona, covering approximately 25km2.