Triangle Lithium Argentina (“Trila”) initial project is located on 15,000 hectares in the northern portion of the world-class Antofalla Salar, located in Catamarca, Argentina. Trila’s properties are located adjacent to claims owned by Albemarle – the world’s largest lithium producer.
Trila initiated development of the project in February of 2022. It is expected to eventually produce up to 20,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent in record time.
Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia make up South America’s “lithium triangle” and together hold more than 75% of the world’s lithium reserves beneath their salt flats. The abundance is partly due to these vast salt flats, also referred to as “Salars”, where the white metal is extracted from the brines through the evaporation process.
Lithium can be found in several places, such as ocean water, oil wells, and clay stones. However, as of now, only two sources of lithium are considered commercially viable, viz. hard rock deposits and salars.
Lithium Triangle is the most common source of lithium from continental salt flats where brine-embedded lithium is pumped to the surface using fresh water and placed in large ponds for evaporation. The remaining lithium is then processed to create lithium carbonate, a base metal used to manufacture LIBs.
Facts and Figures: Kalkine Media