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Sayona ramps up North American Lithium operation with plant and equipment upgrade

Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) has further advanced its planned restart of spodumene (lithium) production at the North American Lithium (NAL) operation in Québec.

The emerging lithium producer reports that with about 30% of plant and equipment upgrades are now completed.

Among the critical equipment items to have arrived on‐site include Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separator (WHIMS); a HP400 crusher; Derrick brand screeners; ore sorting conveyors; and water and electrical infrastructure for a dry change room.

Other commitments completed in June include civil works for the dry change room; WHIMS area piping and electrical dismantling; electrical components; belt filter; crushed ore storage dome engineering; training and start‐up support; and audit and inspection costs.

Commenting on the progress, Sayona Managing Director Brett Lynch said: “It is extremely pleasing to see the rapid progress at NAL as we ramp up towards the recommencement of lithium production. 

“This is truly one of the world’s most sustainable lithium operations”

With virtually all of the NAL operation powered by hydroelectricity, this is truly one of the world’s most sustainable lithium operations, an important ESG differentiator in an industry that aims to facilitate global decarbonisation.”

The emerging lithium producer reports that it is on track to restart production in Q1 2023, becoming the only local supplier in North America, after having committed about $100 million to the restart.

Of this, Sayona had commitments of CAD$33.7 million to end June compared to the planned budget of CAD$37.2 million, as items such as classification screens installation, apron feeder, grizzly and chutes installation were completed in July.

The company will issue regular monthly updates on NAL as it moves closer to restarting production.

NAL currently has about 50 construction workers on‐site, with the number expected to double by September. Senior management appointments are also in place.

Sayona has placed a priority on local employment, with some 65% of employees from the immediate NAL region and more than 98% living in Abitibi‐Témiscamingue.

Sayona is an emerging lithium producer with projects in Québec, Canada and Western Australia. In Québec, Sayona’s assets comprise North American Lithium together with the Authier Lithium Project and its emerging Tansim Lithium Project, supported by a strategic partnership with American lithium developer Piedmont Lithium Inc. (ASX:PLL).

The company also holds a 60% stake in the Moblan Lithium Project in northern Québec.

In Western Australia, it holds a large tenement portfolio in the Pilbara region prospective for gold and lithium. Sayona is exploring for Hemi‐style gold targets in the ‘world‐class’ Pilbara region, while its lithium projects are subject to an earn‐in agreement with Morella Corporation (ASX:1MC).

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