Quebec Lithium is a mining company located in the Abitibi region. It exploits a new technology for lixiviation with equipment built out of exotic materials that must resist acids, high temperatures and abrasion. Being in a remote area slows down emergency repairs.
Following a distress call, the Metallitech team looked at the project and came up with solutions to Quebec Lithium’s problems. After only one week, value-added parts were installed and in operation where it normally would have taken 20 weeks for delivery alone.
The coating applied to the reactor blades is MET-S-43, a Tungsten Carbide in a Nickel Matrix.This coating enables the material to resist extreme conditions of more than 200℃ and in contact with 90% pure sulfuric acid in this case. Furthermore, to reduce downtime, Metallitech sent a team straight to Quebec Lithium to apply a coating inside the reactor, while another team was working in our shop to weld the blades. One week after their first call, their reactor was ready for production.