The recovery of minerals from brine waters dates back to the first time that someone precipitated a compound from a salt solution. Precipitation is the most used separation process employed in separating minerals from seawater or subsurface brines. Our separation method shows economic promise in mineral separation from subsurface brines. The object of our company is to extract minerals from brine water and have fresh water as our byproduct. Now consider mineral recovery as a means of reducing the cost of oilfield brine disposal.
Some brines contain valuable minerals, when recovered would generate revenue for the company. We can also sell the byproduct of fresh water to hydraulic fracturing operations, agriculture or any industry needing clean water. Recovery of certain minerals and potable water should lower the potential of the disposed brine as a pollutant and preserve our natural fresh water supplies. Starting with the most abundant and proceeding to the least abundant, these are chloride, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, potassium, bromine, inorganic carbon and strontium.
Then follow boron, silicon, organic carbon, aluminum, fluorine, nitrogen in the form of nitrate, organic nitrogen, rubidium, lithium, phosphorous in the form of phosphate, copper, barium, iodine, nitrogen in the form of nitrite and nitrogen in the form of ammonia.
Thereafter, we have arsenic, iron, organic phosphorous, zinc, manganese, lead, selenium, tin, cesium, molybdenum and uranium.
Then come gallium, nickel, thorium, cerium, vanadium, lanthanum, yttrium, mercury, silver, bismuth, cobalt and finally, gold.
Lithcor’s focus is to utilize our unique extraction method to improve the environment, develop economical and commercially viable minerals.