Eramet is a mining and metallurgical group with an international presence in nearly 20 countries. For several years, the Group has decided to broaden its portfolio in metals used in the energy transition and mobility : that is how the lithium project in Argentina was born.
Initiated in 2010, operations at the lithium deposit near Salta in Argentina will enable Eramet to become a major player in this sector and respond to the ambition of making the energy transition a core component of our business.
The Lithium project spans a total surface area of 500 km2. This huge desert region, situated at an altitude of 3,800 m, is occasionally inhabited by around 15 people, the Puesteros.
50 km from there, the first village, Santa Rosa de Pastos Grandes, has a population of 300.
Without lithium, Li-on rechargeable batteries wouldn't be possible. Essential for the manufacture of both smartphones and electric cars, the market is now highly sought after and will become even more so in the coming decades.
This opportunity has naturally led Eramet to invest in lithium mining. It took two years of mining exploration before our teams identified in 2012 the "salar" (salt desert) in Centenario-Ratones, an area of the Andes in the north-west of Argentina.
After obtaining the concession and the mining rights in 2014, the mining licence was granted in 2019 following the approval of the Environmental and societal impact study.
This progress is the result of the work carried out in situ by our two teams :
notably in charge of conducting pilot drilling and getting the project under way.
Several years of laboratory testing and continuous monitoring have enabled the teams at Eramet Ideas to develop a new process for producing battery-quality lithium carbonate.
The intern will have the following main missions :
Technical and operational skills
Profile : student from university or engineering school, with a specialization in geology
Languages : Fluent in English and / or Spanish
Duration : 6 months
Location : On-Site (salar centenario-Arizaro) + Salta