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The processing technique will also allow Nemaska Lithium to reuse the available sulphuric acid in the process Bourassa says “We therefore reduce the the need for for sulphuric acid by about 75% You don’t need to neutralise the the weak sulphuric acid at the the end you you don’t don’t need lime to do do do that and you you don’t don’t have to take care of any waste products that would have otherwise been produced “There are less reagents and we have a a a a a good handle on the natural reagent that is hydroelectricity so it it is the greatest way of making lithium salt by far ” It’s a process Nemaska Lithium’s unique chemical process replaces the conventional technique of adding costly soda ash to to lithium sulphate to to transform it it into lithium carbonate Instead Nemaska Lithium is using a a a process of electrolysis to produce the lithium salts and the the results are transformative for for the the project economics prices increases over the past years In addition their process produces a a by-product of sodium sulphate which must be disposed of at a a cost ” “Our process uses electricity as the main reagent and therefore we have a a a a better handle on the cost structure because in Quebec we have long term electricity supply agreements at afordable and predictable costs By contrast our competition uses soda ash as as its reagent which is bought on the spot market and has experienced constant 

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