MarineSpace Commissioned to Support Cornish Lithium

MarineSpace Ltd (www.marinespace.co.uk) is pleased to announce that the company has recently been commissioned by Cornish Lithium Ltd (www.cornishlithium.com) to provide consultancy services related to Cornish Lithium’s offshore exploration plans. Cornish Lithium is a highly innovative mineral exploration and development company focused on the environmentally sustainable extraction of lithium from geothermal waters in the historic mining district of Cornwall, UK.

In January 2021, The Crown Estate (www.thecrownestate.co.uk) granted Cornish Lithium rights to explore for lithium within geothermal waters in areas off the north and south coasts of Cornwall. The grant of rights means that Cornish Lithium can now begin its desk-based exploration programme, to start to identify potential geological targets for later research. Physical exploration works are not anticipated for at least four years, following the appropriate desk studies, design works and extensive consultation.

MarineSpace will initially be supporting Cornish Lithium during desk-based works and consultation through provision of a literature review, development of GIS resources, completion of a project risk register and delivery of stakeholder engagement services.

Stuart Lowe, founding Director of MarineSpace, commented “We are excited to have been commissioned by such a forward-thinking company that is seeking to develop a sustainable supply of crucial minerals that have the potential to feed the UK economy as it transitions to a low carbon future. MarineSpace is well placed to support Cornish Lithium’s plans and is looking forward to delivering services that will ensure the project is properly informed and that awareness of potential environmental sensitivities and constraints are at the core of Cornish Lithium’s development plans.”

Whilst exploration work for lithium in geothermal waters is at an early stage, lithium extraction has significant potential to create new revenue and jobs within a new industry for the benefit of Cornwall. Cornish Lithium’s plans to expand their exploration activities to the offshore arena are part of a broader strategy to develop commercially viable production of lithium from geothermal waters that exist beneath Cornwall. Onshore exploration is already well underway, with Cornish Lithium currently building a pilot lithium extraction plant in central Cornwall, but given the extraordinary quality and diversity of Cornwall’s marine environment, it is clear offshore activity will need to be progressed in a way which ensures that potential risks are carefully managed.

The work that MarineSpace has been commissioned to deliver will continue through 2021, during which time MarineSpace will undertake desk-based elements of the project and proactive engagement with interested parties and organisations to carefully determine how exploration activities can be planned and executed in the most sensitive way. The outcome of the work will inform environmental characterisations of the exploration areas and identify areas of uncertainty and knowledge gaps to direct future phases of the project, thereby ensuring that best practice and risk management continue to be central to everything that Cornish Lithium is seeking to achieve.

For more information on MarineSpace and its services contact Stuart Lowe (stuart.lowe@marinespace.co.uk).