Regardless of the weakened demand and the next worth decline in 2023, demand for lithium is still on track to significantly outstrip supply by 2030. Many countries proceed to ramp up initiatives to enhance their home provides of lithium and different crucial minerals.
The Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy, for example, establishes a complete framework for the event of sustainable, responsibly sourced home supplies. Past that, its objectives embody supporting financial development, selling local weather motion, advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities, fostering office inclusivity and enhancing international partnerships. The US Inflation Reduction Act has the same goal, with provisions resembling sustainability tax credit and diminished renewable power prices.
Via its extremely potential Apollo lithium mission in James Bay, Québec, Lithium Universe (ASX:LU7) is well-positioned to leverage the anticipated demand for lithium over the following decade. Québec is quickly rising as a serious vacation spot for lithium manufacturing, setting the stage for Lithium Universe to doubtlessly grow to be a big producer not only for the North American market, however globally.
A vertically built-in exploration and growth firm, Lithium Universe is led by the famend lithium growth veteran Iggy Tan. Extensively considered a trailblazer in Australia’s lithium business, Tan spearheaded Galaxy Sources (ASX:GXY), establishing it as one of many nation’s main lithium mining firms. Working with a extremely skilled staff, Tan now goals to duplicate that success with Lithium Universe.
Tan is joined by numerous esteemed mining professionals, together with main technical knowledgeable Dr. Jingyuan Liu. Liu was answerable for overseeing the development and commissioning of Galaxy Sources’ Mt Cattlin Spodumene mission together with the world-renowned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant.
The staff additionally contains: Patrick Scallan, a seasoned veteran with 25 years of administration expertise on the largest lithium laborious rock mine on this planet; Alex Hanly, who brings greater than a decade of expertise in capital supply and operational administration for mining, oil and gasoline, and manufacturing; Huy Nguyen, who helped design and assemble Mt Cattlin’s Spodumene plant; and Roger Pover, former plant supervisor at Mt Cattlin.
Lithium Universe’s technique for Apollo is easy: rapidly establish a useful resource and set up a producing mine to facilitate the corporate’s vertically built-in mine-to-refinery imaginative and prescient. The corporate can also be pursuing the institution of a lithium processing hub within the area to assist operations at Apollo.
An engineering research on the corporate’s Québec Lithium Processing Hub (QLPH) multi-purpose battery-grade lithium carbonate refinery is underway. Hatch, the corporate conducting the research, has finalized the design flowsheet and draft web site format for the refinery. The QLPH is rated at 16,000 tons every year (tpa) with an assumed feed grade of spodumene at or round 5.5 % lithium oxide. The ultimate lithium carbonate product needs to be not less than 99.5 % and 99.9 % grade. Goal plant availability is 84 % and goal general restoration charge for lithium is 85 %.
Spanning over 240 sq. kilometres, the extremely potential Apollo lithium mission contains 466 claims and is related to a big geological dataset. Situated within the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Municipality in northwest Québec, the property is in the identical greenstone belt as Patriot Battery Metals’ (ASX:PMT,TSXV:PMET,OTCQX:PMETF) Corvette lithium mission, which has a maiden useful resource of 109.2 million tons at 1.42 % lithium oxide. Apollo’s tenement package deal encompasses 17 recognized pegmatite outcrops.
- Challenge Geology: Apollo shows mineralisation typical of greenstone belts within the La Grande sub-province, with spodumene pegmatites hosted by mafic metavolcanic rocks and pegmatitic granite Vieux Comptoir. Property geology consists primarily of Mesoarchean and Neoarchean intrusions.
- Sturdy Mineral Potential: Apollo is positioned 29 kilometres southeast of the Corvette Lithium Challenge and 28 kilometres East of Winsome Sources’ (ASX:WR1,FSE:4XJM, OTCQB:WRSLF) Adina Challenge. It shows comparable mineralisation, magnetism and geology to the 2 initiatives, each of which lately returned extremely promising outcomes:
- Corvette Lithium: 156 metres at 2.12 % lithium oxide at CV5
- Adina: 107 metres at 1.34 % lithium oxide from 2.3 metres
The corporate has accomplished its 2023 summer season/fall exploration work programme on the Apollo and acquired all the ultimate soil laboratory analyses. A drilling technique is in place for 2024, alongside a serious east-west trending fault shear hall characteristic that extends from the Apollo mission to Winsome Sources’ Adina Lithium mission to the east. Some potential targets have been generated that could be included right into a future maiden drilling programme.
Iggy Tan — Non-executive Chair
Iggy Tan, a trailblazer of the trendy lithium business, was one of many first Australian mining executives to establish the numerous alternative inside the rising lithium-ion battery sector when he spearheaded Galaxy Sources Restricted. Tan is trying to replicate that success with Lithium Universe, having constructed Galaxy’s Mt Cattlin Spodumene Challenge and the downstream Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate mission. He additionally acquired the James Bay Spodumene Challenge in Canada and the Sal de Vida Brine Challenge in Argentina for Galaxy.
When Tan began at Galaxy, the corporate’s market capitalization was lower than AU$10 million. It rose to AU$2.5 billion when the corporate merged with Orocobre Restricted in August 2021. Tan’s earlier expertise working with lithium dates again to the early Nineties when he briefly managed the Greenbushes Lithium Mine and commissioned the primary lithium carbonate plant for Gwalia Consolidated.
Tan has over 30 years of chemical and mining expertise and has served as government director for numerous ASX-listed firms. He holds a Grasp of Enterprise Administration from the College of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the College of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Firm Administrators. He’s presently CEO and managing director of Altech Batteries Restricted.
Alex Hanly — Chief Government Officer
Alex Hanly has over 10 years of expertise in capital supply and operational administration for publicly listed firms inside the mining, oil & gasoline, and manufacturing industries in Australia and Africa. During the last three years, Hanly held the position of chief government officer of ASX-listed gold firm Polymetals Sources (ASX:POL). He was answerable for the profitable IPO of the corporate, the operational administration and the environment friendly execution of the fast-track exploration technique.
Hanly has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Grasp of Enterprise Administration specialising in international mission administration.
Patrick Scallan — Non-executive Director
Patrick Scallan’s in depth expertise within the lithium business is a priceless addition to the LGX board. With over 25 years of administration expertise on the world-class Greenbushes Mine, he’s a seasoned veteran. Greenbushes is the most important lithium laborious rock mine globally and in addition hosts the highest-grade ore physique on this planet. This makes Greenbushes a singular anomaly, as no different lithium deposit worldwide compares to it.
Scallan oversaw the mine’s many expansions, growing annual output from 200,000 in 1997 to 1.4 million tpa at present, and navigated quite a few possession modifications throughout his tenure. He’s a specialist in laborious rock mining and spodumene concentrating, with downstream relationships with main spodumene converters worldwide.
Scallan can also be extremely expert in managing area people relationships, having acted as shire councillor for practically 20 years throughout his time at Greenbushes, receiving his Order of Australia Medal for his neighborhood and native authorities contribution. His earlier roles embody administration positions at Capel and Eneabba Mineral Sands in Western Australia and Western Deep Ranges Gold Mine in South Africa.
Dr. Jingyuan Liu — Non-executive director
Dr Jingyuan Liu is extensively considered a number one technical knowledgeable within the lithium business. He beforehand held the place of normal supervisor of growth and applied sciences at Galaxy Sources, the place he was answerable for overseeing the development and commissioning of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Challenge and the world-renowned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate plant. Liu additionally performed a key position in designing the circulation sheet for the Sal de Vida brine mission.
Following his work with Galaxy, he has acted as a particular adviser to varied lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide initiatives globally, together with the Lithium Hydroxide Plant operated by Tianqi in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Liu has over 30 years’ expertise in mission administration, course of and tools design for minerals processing and the chemical substances, non-ferrous metals, iron & metal and power industries, each in Australian and internationally. He was awarded a PhD in chemical engineering from the College of Newcastle, Australia and has labored in senior chemical engineering roles with main firms resembling Hatch Engineering and Metso Minerals in Australia and Malaysia.
He’s presently chief know-how officer for Altech Batteries (ASX:ATC), growing excessive capability silicon anode lithium-ion batteries.
Gernot Abl — Government Director
Gernot Abl was beforehand a strategic managing director with huge expertise in enterprise administration, operations and funding for among the quickest rising industries on this planet. After gaining over 15 years of company expertise, he led the one pure esports play listed on the ASX, Esports Mogul Restricted. Abl has a confirmed background in enterprise administration and industrial instinct, initially from working as a administration advisor for each Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte Company Finance in Perth and Melbourne.
Abl additionally led the restructure and turnaround of a financially distressed ASX-listed media firm and presently holds directorships for a spread of start-up firms, providing company advisory, mission administration and industrial negotiation recommendation to a number of companies. He has a level in regulation and commerce with honours in finance and accounting from the College of Western Australia.
Fadi Diab — Non-executive Director
Fadi Diab was the previous head of world payroll at Commonwealth Financial institution of Australia. There, he managed the worldwide payroll staff, which is answerable for 55,000 staff throughout 15 nations. Diab is an achieved senior government recognised for leveraging sturdy staff management and growth to drive ahead progress.
He has a background in human sources, having held the position of government human useful resource supervisor on the Commonwealth Financial institution, and presently runs an investor relations firm.
Diab has a Bachelor of Enterprise, Human Useful resource Administration, and Industrial Relations from the College of Western Sydney and a Grasp of Enterprise Administration from College of Know-how Sydney.
John Sobolewski – Chief Monetary Officer
John Sobolewski’s expertise within the lithium business presents one other priceless addition to the LU7 dream staff. At Galaxy Sources, he performed a pivotal position through the feasibility, funding, building and operation phases of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene mine and Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate refinery. He was additionally essential in establishing groups and programs in Australia and internationally. His expertise in monetary modelling and debt modelling for each initiatives can be crucial in Lithium Universe, finishing definitive feasibility research of the Québec Lithium Processing Hub concentrator and lithium carbonate refinery initiatives.
Sobolewski is a chartered accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Firm Administrators. His earlier roles embody managing director and CEO with Mintrex, CFO and firm secretary with Mintrex, Galaxy Sources Restricted and Important Metals Restricted, monetary controller and firm secretary with Croesus Mining NL, and group accountant and firm secretary with Titan Sources NL.
Vincent John Fayad — Joint Firm Secretary
Vincent John Fayad is a chartered accountant with over 40 years of expertise in company finance, worldwide M&A, accounting and advisory-related providers primarily undertaken by mid-tier accounting agency PKF. In 2016, he established his personal agency, Vince Fayad & Associates, to supply accounting and advisory providers inside Australia and abroad.
During the last 25 years, Fayad has spent a big period of time advising on numerous transactions, predominantly associated to the mining and exploration industries and offering accounting and company secretarial expertise to mining exploration firms.
Fayad is presently an government director and joint firm secretary of Astute Metals NL (ASX:ASE) and joint firm secretary of Greenvale Power (ASX:GRV). He’s additionally a non-executive director of Nexon Asia Pacific, a telecommunications firm, managed by personal fairness group EQT.
Kurt Laney — Joint Firm Secretary
Kurt Laney is an skilled chartered accountant specialising within the provision of advisory, consultancy, taxation and company secretarial providers. Laney is presently an affiliate director of Vince Fayad and Associates, the place he gives accounting and taxation providers to high-net-worth people, household places of work, giant family-owned companies and multinational entities.
Laney can also be the joint firm secretary and CFO of Greenvale Power Ltd (ASX:GRV) and Astute Metals NL (ASX:ASE), together with a number of unlisted public firms primarily centered on the tech and mining industries. He has beforehand served as the corporate secretary of Polymetals Sources (ASX:POL).
Justin Rivers — Head of Geology
Justin Rivers possesses greater than 20 years of senior government, technical and industrial expertise in Africa, Australia, Asia, Arctic, Center East, North America and South America within the main and junior house, with a selected concentrate on Iron Ore and Gold. He has a well-tenured strategic and tactical strategy to the mining business with intimate industrial, enterprise growth and M&A expertise in Tier-1, publicly listed and personal fairness environments.
Previous to becoming a member of Lithium Universe Restricted, Rivers held the place of government director and CEO of Mauritian domiciled personal fairness firm Convertible Sources, driving strategic growth of its gold initiatives within the Siguiri area of northeast Guinea. He has a Bachelor of Science (first-class honours) majoring in geology and environmental science from the College of Tasmania.
Terry Stark — Head of Mining
Terry Stark was beforehand managing director – sources division for Galaxy Sources (ASX:GXY), the place he was answerable for all of Galaxy’s mineral sources property resembling exploration and mine operations. Stark oversaw the Mt Cattlin building and subsequent profitable start-up. He additionally managed the Galaxy James Bay mission and had an excellent relationship with the native Cree Nation.
A veteran mining engineer, Stark holds a Bachelor of Utilized Science specialising in mining engineering.
John Loxton – Head of Lithium Carbonate Refinery
John Loxton’s lithium expertise commenced in 2010 with work on the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant EPCM for Galaxy Sources in China the place his obligations initially have been at a Sponsor degree, and additional into the mission. He was the mission supervisor for the ultimate phases of building and commissioning. In 2019, Loxton was engaged by Tianqi Lithium as head of initiatives for the execution of their funding in a lithium hydroxide processing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. He managed the commissioning of the primary prepare reaching the primary product in 2021 and undertook execution planning and establishing a mission staff for an an identical second prepare in 2022. Loxton is a mission supervisor with over 45 years of expertise throughout a various vary of power, industrial, course of, civil, and main infrastructure initiatives.
Roger Pover — Head of Processing
Roger Pover was beforehand the Mt Cattlin plant supervisor for Galaxy Sources (ASX:GXY). He was a part of the commissioning and begin up staff and operated the plant for a few years. Pover additionally directed all optimisation modifications made at Mt Cattlin.
Pover is a veteran within the lithium business, having commenced his profession at Greenbushes Lithium mine within the early 90s. He has a 45-year profession within the mining and chemical processing industries involving mineral sands, alumina refining, lithium, iron ore, tantalum minerals and tin manufacturing.
Huy Nguyen — Engineering Supervisor
Huy Nguyen has been seconded from Mintrex to behave as Lithium Universe Restricted’s engineering shopper consultant. Mintrex was the lead engineering firm that designed and constructed (along with DRA International) the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Plant.
Nguyen was a part of the development supervision when Mt Cattlin was constructed, so he’s skilled with not solely the design but additionally the development course of that delivered a mission on time and on finances.
Nguyen has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Curtin College, Grasp of Enterprise Administration and a member of Engineer Australia.
Victoria Vargas – Director, Lithium Universe Holdings (Canada)
Victoria Vargas brings to Lithium Universe (Holdings) greater than 25 years of expertise within the North American capital markets, with a big concentrate on the Canadian mineral sector. She started her profession at Kinross Gold Company and joined Alamos Gold in 2004. Throughout her tenure, she performed a pivotal position in enhancing investor publicity and facilitating the corporate’s transition from the TSX Enterprise to the TSX. Earlier than becoming a member of Alamos Gold, Vargas labored for H2O Innovation, a Québec-based firm centered on offering best-in-class applied sciences and providers for the water and wastewater remedy business.