Galaxy Resources has received an environmental approval from the Jiangsu Province Environmental Bureau for its lithium carbonate Plant in China.
Aside from the official assessment, the project was also required to be advertised twice in order to receive approval, the company said.
“The Zhangjiagang Industrial Park, where the plant is situated, has very tight environmental regulations and has won awards for eco-friendly development,” the company said.
“The Galaxy Jiangsu Plant is expected to have a small environmental footprint.”
According to Galaxy, the plant will use condensed process steam to meet its water requirements and will look to use waste heat to generate energy.
“The residue remaining after the lithium is extracted from the raw spodumene material will be sold to the building industry,” the company said.
“The sodium sulphate generated as a by-product will be sold to the detergent and textile industries.”
The environmental approval is required in order for safety and energy applications to be assessed by separate expert review panels, which is currently underway.
The Project Application Report (PAR) will be submitted for approval once those applications have been approved.
The company expects the PAR will be assessed in early-December.
“The progress with project approvals for the Jiangsu Plant means that the company is on track to achieve first production in late-2010,” Galaxy managing director Iggy Tan said.