A major lithium explorer and developer has appointed a new technical executive, as it looks to significantly develop its lithium portfolio within the booming lithium market.
Wealth Minerals announced in a statement this week that it had hired Cesa Jil, formerly the Manager of Lithium Extraction Technologies at Albermale Corporation, to take on the role as Chief Technical Officer for Chile.
His main focus will be to advance the company’s existing lithium assets further towards production.
Henk Van Alphen, Wealth’s CEO, said “Great to have such a high calibre professional join the Wealth team and put the Company ever closer to advancing our projects to production. There are very few people in the world who know how to run a lithium brine operation, and Wealth managed to hire one of the best from this small group. I take great pride in knowing that Cesar left a successful career at a large multinational corporation to join Wealth for our growth potential and corporate culture. We welcome him and are excited about Wealth’s next steps.”
During his time as Manager of Lithium Extraction Technologies of Albermarle’s Lithium and Advanced Materials global business, Jil implemented and utilised cutting edge technologies and methodologies in the highly prospective Atacama, Antofalla and Silver Peak salars/salt lake beds.
One of the most significant milestones during his time on the Atacama saw an increase in lithium recovery yields of around 30%.
Wealth Minerals has a portfolio spanning Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. The Company’s main focus is the acquisition of lithium projects in South America. To date, the Company has positioned itself to develop the Aguas Calientes Norte and Quisquiro Salars in Chile (the Trinity Project), as well as to work alongside existing producers in the prolific Atacama Salar, in addition to the Laguna Verde lithium project acquisition. The Company has also positioned itself to play a role in asset consolidation in Chile with the Five Salars Project.