Australian-headquartered Ausenco has completed a programme of environmental baseline studies on behalf of Millennial Lithium Corp at the exploration mining firm’s lithium carbonate Pastos Grandes Project in Salta, Argentina. Studies completed included documenting flora, fauna, climate, air quality, hydrogeology, soil usage and ecosystem characterisation.
Ausenco has additionally been hired to complete a key environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the potential exploitation of the lithium-rich brine resource at the property.
"We are very pleased with the work done by Ausenco in completing the environmental baseline studies at Pastos Grandes and to engage them to continue with their work at the project with the EIA in support of environmental permits for construction and the potential exploitation of the lithium resource," said Millennial president and CEO, Farhad Abasov.
The site, which is scheduled to start production of battery-grade lithium carbonate within two years, is also equipped with a state-of-the-art solar-hybrid power system. Millennial had previously commissioned WorleyParsons to carry out the preliminary economic assessment of the proposed mine.
Founded in Brisbane in 1991, Ausenco is an engineering, procurement, construction management and operations service provider to the energy and resources sectors, operating from 26 offices in 14 countries with over 2,000 staff. It was privatised in September 2016 following an agreement with private equity firm Resource Capital Fund (RCF) VI (EA 4-Jul-16).