Lithium Leap: Andrada Mining’s Spodumene Breakthrough Sparks Excitement in Tech Metal Market

Andrada Mining achieves breakthrough, produces high-grade lithium spodumene concentrate at 6.8% Li2O from Namibia's Lithium Ridge. CEO Anthony Viljoen expresses confidence, plans further exploration, metallurgical tests, and mineralogical studies to establish a maiden mineral resource estimate. Lithium Ridge displays variable mineralization; southwest area contributes to Andrada's current production of ceramic-grade petalite concentrate.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

Andrada Mining Limited (formerly AfriTin Mining Limited) has achieved a significant milestone in its pursuit of becoming a major player in the lithium market. The African technology metals mining company, with a robust portfolio of mining and exploration assets in Namibia, proudly announces the successful production of high-grade lithium spodumene concentrate from the Lithium Ridge license area.

Impressive Results from Lithium Ridge Exploration

Andrada Mining Limited has demonstrated its prowess in lithium extraction through the production of high-grade spodumene concentrate at a remarkable grade of 6.8% Li2O (75% spodumene). The breakthrough was achieved by subjecting mineralized pegmatite material from the Lithium Ridge license area (ML133) to laboratory-scale flotation. Two exploration samples, each sourced from distinct pegmatite bodies, underwent flotation test work, resulting in a notable Li2O recovery of 76%, with an impressive 80% spodumene recovery.

CEO Anthony Viljoen’s Enthusiastic Remarks

Anthony Viljoen, the Chief Executive Officer of Andrada Mining, expressed his satisfaction with the results, stating, “These results confirm recoverable spodumene within the pegmatites of the Lithium Ridge license area. The test work produced battery-grade spodumene concentrate at very attractive lithium recoveries.” Viljoen highlighted the success of the initial exploration drilling, where notable intersections of up to 2.13% Li₂O were reported, showcasing lithium mineralization along a 6km strike.

Next Phase: Exploration and Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate

Buoyed by these promising outcomes, Andrada Mining is gearing up for the next phase of operations. The company plans further exploration drilling, metallurgical test work, and mineralogical characterization to delve deeper into the spodumene mineralization in the Lithium Ridge license area. This strategic move aims to establish a maiden mineral resource estimate over Lithium Ridge, thereby enhancing geological and metallurgical confidence.

Variability in Mineralization Across Lithium Ridge

The Lithium Ridge license area exhibits variability in lithium mineralization, ranging from spodumene-dominant to petalite-dominant. The mineral abundance map indicates a high proportion of spodumene in the area where the composite samples were sourced. However, southwest of the license area, there is a notable presence of petalite, the source of ore for Andrada’s current production of ceramic-grade petalite concentrate.

Encouragement for Future Lithium Production Base

Viljoen remains optimistic about the company’s strategy, stating, “We are encouraged by the progress towards our strategy of building a large-scale lithium production base.” The success in producing high-grade spodumene concentrate reinforces Andrada Mining’s commitment to contributing significantly to the lithium market’s growth.

Conclusion

Andrada Mining Limited’s breakthrough in producing high-grade lithium spodumene concentrate marks a pivotal moment for the company’s ambitions in the technology metals sector. As the company proceeds with the next phase of exploration and resource estimation, the prospects for establishing a large-scale lithium production base look promising, contributing to the ever-growing demand for lithium in the global market.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: lethabo@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo