Tantalum producer Global Advanced Metals says trial dates with Talison Lithium were set by the WA Supreme Court to determine whether Talison Lithium’s expansion of Western Australia’s Greenbushes mine should be injuncted so there is no infringement on GAM’s mining rights for Tantalum.
“The nature of the orebody at Greenbushes is such that the proposed expansion of lithium mining and processing in its current form will irreparably sterilise tantalum owned by GAM,” GAM Chief Executive Officer Andrew O’Donovan said in the statement.
GAM claims Talison’s expansion of lithium mining and processing at Greenbushes threatens to waste tantalum resources.
GAM processes tantalum extracted as a by-product of lithium production at the Greenbushes mine and then ships it to its downstream facilities in the United States and Japan. Tantalum is primarily used in the production of capacitors and high-power resistors. Mr O’Donovan said it was increasing near-term production in response to growing demand for tantalum capacitors and other products in the electronics, aerospace, automotive and chemical processing industries.
A high-stakes dispute over the world’s biggest hard rock lithium mine is now headed for trial on Oct. 16-31, 2018 after the owners failed to reach agreement on tantalum extraction.
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