“We’re delighted to associate with Sigma Lithium, as we proceed to supply our clients responsibly produced, low carbon lithium,” mentioned Robin Francois, a lithium dealer at Glencore. “This partnership additionally underpins our ambition to develop into a associate of alternative for the supply of such a vital mineral to the battery and EV business, thereby supporting the vitality transition.”
“Given the vital position of EVs in lowering the carbon footprint of the transportation sector, Glencore and Sigma Lithium’s joint efforts are absolutely aligned with our shoppers’ method to accountable sourcing and provide chains constructed in step with the ethos of the patron of the EV,” Ana Cabral, Sigma’s CEO and co-chair, added.
Sigma’s lithium merchandise are sourced from its state-of-the-art Greentech plant on the Grota do Cirilo venture in Brazil, which started production in April and is the primary lithium operation to take action and not using a tailings dam.
Because the Greentech plant additionally makes use of 100% renewable vitality and sewage water for recirculation, and makes use of no hazardous chemical merchandise, Sigma calls its merchandise “triple zero inexperienced lithium.” The lithium has a constantly excessive grade of 5.5% lithium oxide and a excessive purity.
The Grota do Cirilo mine is expected to produce 130,000 tonnes of focus or 37,000 tonnes lithium carbonate equal (LCE) by the top of this yr. Roughly a fourth of that can go to Korea’s LG Power Answer, with the remaining slated on the market on the spot market.
Earlier this month, the Vancouver-based lithium developer mentioned it would unveil plans for additional expansions that will raise manufacturing by as much as roughly 100,000 tonnes of LCE yearly.