Spodumene from Sayona Mining’s Authier project verified by lithium battery specialist

ASX-listed Sayona Mining has received further confirmation of the quality of its spodumene ore from the Authier project in Canada, following successful testing by lithium-ion battery specialist NOVONIX.

The tests, which were conducted at NOVONIX’s Battery Technology Solution laboratories in Nova Scotia, found samples from the Québec-based Authier project performed as well as benchmark lithium hydroxide samples in commercial performance tests.

“This is further independent verification of the performance of Authier spodumene and its suitability for conversion into lithium hydroxide, an extremely sought after product,” said Sayona’s managing director Brett Lynch.

“Sayona has committed to downstream processing in Québec, including lithium carbonate or hydroxide,” he continued.

“These results by an industry‐leading battery tester have further increased confidence in our strategy, which will deliver added value for all stakeholders and support North America’s decarbonisation drive.”

Last year, the company struck a strategic partnership with US-based Piedmont Lithium to support the development of a North American lithium value chain. Piedmont is investing up to US$12 million in Sayona to acquire 19.9% of its issued capital and a 25% interest in its subsidiary Sayona Québec.

Sayona is also working on the Moblan lithium project in the North of the Province, with a drilling programme set to conclude in mid-April. Results from the drilling are expected to further swell the expanding lithium resource base, Sayona said.