Sal de Vida is a lithium mining project located in the Province of Catamarca, Argentina, expected to produce 15,000 tons of lithium carbonate yearly, over a 40-year mine life. Brine containing lithium is extracted from Salar del Hombre Muerto, a high altitude wetland located in an arid region, where water is vital for local communities and biodiversity.
Allkem Ltd owns 100 percent of the operation and has partnerships with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the Province of Jujuy, and the Province of Catamarca. Construction of the Sal de Vida mine is ongoing. Shallow ponds are already in use, evaporating brine, while the company estimates full production to start in mid-2024. Allkem has issued two contracts, one for the evaporation ponds and the project infrastructure, and another for the construction of the lithium carbonate plant.
Partner Organizations: Asamblea Pueblos Catamarqueños en Resistencia y Autodeterminación (PUCARA), Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Fundación Yuchan