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Nemaska Lithium begins testing at its future site in Bécancour


The new Nemaska Lithium is starting preparatory work on the site of its future plant in the Parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour. The plant will transform the ore extracted at the Whabouchi mine located in Nord-du-Québec into lithium hydroxide.

Nemaska Lithium is carrying out geotechnical investigations in order to gain knowledge about the land’s conditions and possibly specify the plant layout plans. The work will be carried out during the day only, from Monday to Friday, in order to minimize the noise impact. Work will be completed by the end of November.


A solid project with winning conditions

Created at the end of 2020 through the acquisition of the company by Investissement Québec, the Pallinghurst Group and Livent, a company specializing in lithium technology, the new Nemaska Lithium has completely revamped the project in order to ensure its success. The Parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour was announced last spring as the future site for the plant.

The high-purity lithium hydroxide that will be produced is primarily intended for the fast-growing market of lithium-ion batteries, and is an essential link in the transportation electrification sector in Quebec.