First phosphate partner with Queen’s University Pufahl Research Group to promote Lac à l’Origal Property as a single source for the LFP battery industry

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First phosphate partner with Queen’s University Pufahl Research Group to promote Lac à l’Origal Property as a single source for the LFP battery industry
September 21, 2022 / 19:10 CET/CEST

First phosphate partner with Queen’s University Pufahl Research Group to promote Lac à l’Origal Property as a single source for the LFP battery industry

Saguenay, Quebec, September 21, 2022 – First Phosphate Corp. ( The first phosphate » or Company ») is pleased to announce that she joined in a research initiative with the Pufahl Research Group at Queen’s University in Canada. This partnership with a globally recognized group will provide new data on the economic potential of the Lac à l’Origal deposit as a rich source of pure phosphate for the lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery industry.

Obtaining advanced mineralogical data is critical in deciding on site feasibility and how to mine pure phosphate in a cost-effective manner that meets environmental, social and government standards ( ESG ») strictly, with the lowest possible carbon footprint », said John Passalacqua, chief executive of First Phosphate Corp. This partnership provides First Phosphate with a competitive advantage by laying the foundation for the development of proprietary and advanced phosphate production methods for the LFP battery industry. Ultimately, we want to use our high-purity phosphate resources to help Quebec and Canada become a leader in the electric vehicle industry and advance our national climate change goals. »

The main objective of this partnership is to determine the detailed mineralogy and geochemistry of the phosphate ores and mineral waste from Lac à l’Orignal, a step that complements the bulk geochemical and metallurgical analyzes carried out by SGS Canada Inc. (Quebec/Lakefield). Obtaining such high-resolution data using state-of-the-art microscopic techniques is essential to understanding the micron-scale variations in mineral chemistry that make up the anorthosite host rock. Anorthosites are a rare and underexplored source of high purity phosphate.

Collectively, these methods provide not only details of phosphorus concentration in Lac à l’Origal, but also how trace elements are distributed in the ore and waste rock. And this despite the already enviable purity of phosphate found in anorthosite said Professor Peir Pufahl, co-director of the project Isotope Research Laboratory at Queen’s University. “ This high-fidelity portrait is not possible with bulk whole-rock analysis alone and is critical to understanding how to manage these elements during ore processing to safely manage tailings to ensure a source of completely clean, ethical and safe supply. »

About the first phosphate

First Phosphate is a mining exploration and development company fully dedicated to the mining and refining of advanced phosphate for the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery industry. First Phosphate is committed to producing at a high level of purity, on the ESG quality scale and with an expected low carbon footprint. First Phosphate plans to integrate directly into the research and development (R&D) functions and supply chains of major North American LFP battery manufacturers who require battery-grade phosphates from a single source, consistent and safe. First Phosphate owns over 1,500 sq km of claims that it is actively developing in the Saguenay, Qc (Canada) region. The first phosphate properties consist of a rare anorthosite igneous rock that typically produces a highly pure phosphate concentrate free of harmful heavy metals.

About Queen’s University Pufahl Research Group

The Queen’s University Pufahl research group is led by Dr. Peir Pufahl, Professor of Earth Sciences at Queen’s University, Canada and co-director Isotope Research Laboratory at Queen’s University. With more than 20 years of experience in the geology of phosphorites, the expertise of Dr. Pufahla internationally recognized. By bridging academia and industry, the Pufahl research group has developed state-of-the-art phosphorite exploration models and efficient production strategies. The group’s research has led to a better understanding of the world’s phosphate mineral systems and won numerous awards. Mr. Pufahl appeared on the channel history channel and is a member Society of Economic Geologists and some Geological Society of America.

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