Continental Lithium to commence trial shipments of lithium spodumene ore from Nigeria to Noblesville, Indiana for lithium refinement
Further steps between the parties include jointly building and operating a ReElement Technologies' lithium refining facility locally in Nigeria
FISHERS, IN / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2023 / American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) ("American Resources" or the "Company"), a next generation and socially responsible supplier of rare earth and critical elements, carbon and advanced carbon materials, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ReElement Technologies LLC ("ReElement"), has entered into a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with Continental Lithium to begin trial shipments of lithium spodumene ore to ReElement Technologies' Noblesville, Indiana facility to refine into high-purity (99.9%+) lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide using the Company's patented and revolutionary multi-mode chromatography technology. Post initial material testing, the parties intend to work towards jointly developing a ReElement lithium refinement facility in Nigeria to locally process and purify lithium spodumene.
Mark Jensen, CEO of American Resources Corporation commented, "We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Continental Lithium team to unlock the value of our technology for the benefit of our shareholders and the local communities in Nigeria where Continental Lithium operates, while also supplying high-purity lithium products to the U.S. market. Due to the lack of flexibility of existing processing technologies, the world today is forced to transport lithium spodumene in its raw form, which is very expensive and inefficient. The value of our technology, given in part to its low capex, modular scalability, and low environmental footprint, is the ability to locally build and process material in a manner that is safe for the environment and population. Africa is a very resource-rich community, but very few of these resources, especially critical minerals and metals processed to the high-grade purity needed in battery and magnet production, are actually processed locally, resulting in the loss of high value jobs that could otherwise be kept within Africa. Our process is unique in that we can produce greater than 99.9% pure lithium carbonate or hydroxide near the mine site and ship to customers either locally or in the United States."
Lanre Afebuameh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Lithium commented, "This is a monumental event for our company as well as Nigeria. Over the last five years, the underlying assets acquired by Continental Lithium produced approximately 15,000 metric tons of lithium concentrate from surface artisanal mining. We are currently one of the largest exporters of lithium in Nigeria. Now, as we partner with American Resources and ReElement Technologies, we will have the opportunity to begin exporting to the U.S. and Europe and potentially partner in building the first lithium refining facility in Nigeria. Fifteen of our 26 exploration licenses cover lithium, which potentially makes us one of the largest holders of lithium assets in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that utilizing ReElement's lithium refinement technology will enable us to produce ultra-pure lithium products. This technology will also potentially ensure we can create good jobs for our community and create value for the local region in which we operate."
The initial trials will consist of 28 metric ton increments of 5% to 8% grade lithium spodumene concentrate that is produced at Continental Lithium's Nigerian mines and shipped to Noblesville, Indiana to be processed through ReElement's facility to a 99.9% or greater, ultra-high pure lithium carbonate. ReElement will sell the purified lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide into the domestic battery manufacturing marketplace. The MOU outlines this supply of spodumene as well as the steps of jointly building and operating a ReElement Technologies lithium refining facility in Africa that is centrally located around Continental Lithium's spodumene mines, which will result in reduced transportation costs, creation of high-quality jobs, and reduction in the environmental footprint of the lithium production life cycle. The lithium refined at the facility will be solid either locally or into the United States domestic battery industry.
About Continental Lithium
Founded in 2017, the Company commenced open pit mining (surface mining) operations working with artisanal and small-scale operators in 2018. Over the last five years, the underlying assets acquired by Continental Lithium have produced approximately 15,000 metric tons of lithium concentrate from surface artisanal mining. The Company has plans to develop its lithium assets and substantially increase its production for export to the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Continental Lithium currently owns 100% interest in 26 minerals exploration licenses covering 615 km2 which were acquired from the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office ("MCO"). Fifteen of the 26 exploration licenses cover 459 km2 prospective for lithium and other pegmatite-hosted mineralization of tin, tantalum, niobium, and gemstones. In addition, the Company's exploration licenses are prospective for columbite, zircon sand, monazite, tantalite and other rare earth metals.
About ReElement Technologies LLC
ReElement Technologies LLC is redefining how critical and rare earth elements are both sourced and processed while focusing on the recycling of end-of-life products such as rare earth permanent magnets and lithium-ion batteries, as well as coal-based waste streams and byproducts to create a low-cost and environmentally-safe, circular supply chain. ReElement Technologies has developed its innovative and scalable "Capture-Process-Purify" process chain in conjunction with its licensed intellectual property including 16 patents and technologies and sponsored research partnerships with three leading universities to support the domestic supply chain's growing demand for magnet and battery metals. For more information visit reelementtech.com or connect with the Company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About American Resources Corporation
American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) is a next-generation, environmentally and socially responsible supplier of high-quality raw materials to the new infrastructure market. The Company is focused on the extraction and processing of metallurgical carbon, an essential ingredient used in steelmaking, critical and rare earth minerals for the electrification market, and reprocessed metal to be recycled. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ReElement Technologies, American Resources is redefining how critical and rare earth elements are both sourced and processed while focusing on the recycling of end-of-life products such as rare earth permanent magnets and lithium-ion batteries, as well as coal-based waste streams and byproducts. American Resources has a growing portfolio of operations located in the Central Appalachian basin of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia where premium quality metallurgical carbon and rare earth mineral deposits are concentrated.
American Resources has established a nimble, low-cost business model centered on growth, which provides a significant opportunity to scale its portfolio of assets to meet the growing global infrastructure and electrification markets while also continuing to acquire operations and significantly reduce their legacy industry risks. Its streamlined and efficient operations are able to maximize margins while reducing costs. For more information visit americanresourcescorp.com or connect with the Company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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