Canada Lithium Announces Commissioning Under Way at Québec Lithium Mine and Process Plant 20 Dec 2012 07:30 HE CNW Group TSX: CLQ; U.S. OTC: CLQMF Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX: CLQ) (U.S. OTC: CLQMF) announced today that commissioning has commenced at its open-pit mine and processing facility near Val d'Or, Québec. During the month of November approximately 12,000 tonnes of ore and 380,000 tonnes of waste were mined. The waste material is predominantly used to construct the Tailings Management Facility. The ore has been crushed and stockpiled. Mining operations will continue through the Holiday period. During December, commissioning of the concentrator has been ongoing. All major circui ts, comprising crushing, conveying, ore storage, ball and rod mills and flotation cells were dry-commissioned early in the month and sequentially wet-commissioned. All major sections of the hydrometallurgical circuit have been installed and are substantially completed and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), piping and electrical installation is now underway in this section of the plant. The EPCM contractor will demobilise a significant proportion of the construction workforce on December 21. A small completion crew will return to site on January 7 to work with the CLQ operations team to finalise the hydrometallurgical installation and assist with the commissioning stages of the project. The company now has 119 employees on-site and this will build up to approximately 160 personnel over the next few months. At full production, the project will have approximately 200 full-time employees. The planned first shipment of lithium carbonate under the five-year Tewoo off-take agreement is on schedule for end-March 2013. (See press release dated November 12, 2012, for the Tewoo/Canada Lithium agreement.) Full production of the 20,000-tonne-per-annum lithium carbonate processing plant is scheduled for Q4, 2013.