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Sayona Mining Announces Authier Definitive Feasibility Study & Permitting Update

Mining News - Published on Wed, 09 Oct 2019

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Emerging lithium miner Sayona Mining Limited announced that the revised definitive feasibility study for its Authier Lithium Project is on track for release next month, amid increased stakeholder engagement activities concerning its flagship project in Quebec, Canada.


- Sayona advances stakeholder engagement concerning the delivery of a sustainable and profitable new lithium mine at its Authier Lithium Project in Quebec, Canada
- Revised definitive feasibility study on track for release in November; environmental impact statement adjusted to reflect community feedback
- Engagement efforts follows positive study concerning the future of Quebec's lithium strategy and amid Sayona's expression of interest in helping turn around the mine of North American Lithium.

The DFS is currently being reviewed by engineering consultancy BBA, based on a planned sustainable development approach of 2,600 tonnes per day production. This will allow for an approximate mine life of 14 years and estimated annual average spodumene concentrate production of around 115,000 tonnes (6% Li2O).

The previous DFS released in 2018 showed the potential for a sustainable and profitable project that could generate 150 jobs in the construction phase and 160 jobs in operation, and other valuable economic benefits for the community and supporting Quebec's lithium strategy.

In parallel with the DFS, Sayona has been progressing a revised EIS, in accordance with Article 31.1 of the Environment Quality Act, as per the BAPE (bureau d'audiences publiques en environnement) process stipulated by the Quebec Government.

The BAPE regulatory process entails further community engagement, including the establishment of a project monitoring committee comprised of key stakeholders, including local municipalities, business groups, environmental organisations, First Nations representatives, community groups and other citizens. The current 14-member committee held its first meeting on 19 September and will remain active through to the completion of the Authier project and its eventual rehabilitation.

As a result, the revised EIS now likely will be submitted to the MELCC by year-end. Following this, it will be submitted to the Public Hearings Office for further public hearings and review, ultimately leading to expected project approval under the BAPE in 2020.

Sayona continues to engage closely with all stakeholders, including holding information sessions and consultations with local municipalities, landowners, First Nations communities, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders, with the engagement effort led by its local team in Quebec.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 09 Oct 2019
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