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FMC to buy lithium from Quebec’s Nemaska

by Melody M. Bomgardner
November 7, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 44

FMC has signed a contract with Nemaska Lithium to purchase 8,000 metric tons per year of lithium carbonate, used to make battery materials, beginning in mid-2018. Nemaska has been working since 2009 to develop a spodumene mine and processing plant in Quebec. Spodumene, a lithium-containing volcanic rock deposit, is a common source of lithium in China and at Australia’s Talison mine. In the West, however, lithium is more commonly obtained from brines in the deserts of Chile and Nevada.

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