Cornish Lithium starts second drilling programme at UK hard rock project

UK-based miner Cornish Lithium has commenced a second drilling campaign at the Trelavour hard rock lithium project in the far Southwest of the country.

The campaign, which commenced on 24 January 2021 with two drill rigs, will comprise of almost 1,500 metres of diamond and 2,500 metres of reverse circulation drilling and will contribute towards a first reportable mineral resource.

“This detailed drilling programme will provide us with further data regarding the lithium in hard rock resource that we discovered last year and will help us shape our thinking as to how this lithium from hard rock will ultimately be extracted,” said Cornish Lithium chief executive Jeremy Wrathall.

“In December, we announced that we would be accelerating the development of our Trelavour hard rock lithium project following the successful production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from lithium mica samples obtained during our first drilling programme at the project earlier in 2020,” he added.

The company is aiming to become a key supplier in the UK and Europe’s nascent battery chemicals production industries, after a British consortium that includes Cornish Lithium recently produced its first lithium carbonate locally.

Cornish Lithium is also developing a project that will extract lithium from geothermal waters off the coast of Cornwall. The £4 million project will trial direct lithium extraction technology, which removes dissolved lithium compounds from water without the need for brine ponds.