Aspiring lithium producer Birimian is getting serious about developing its Goulamina project by appointing a key exec from Altura Mining as managing director.

Chris Evans was most recently chief operating officer for freshly-minted lithium producer Altura Mining (ASX:AJM), where he was responsible for project development, construction and bringing the Pilgangoora mine into operation.

Birimian (ASX:BGS) chief Mark Hepburn said one the goals of the new board was to appoint a managing director of Chris Evans’ calibre.

“With Mr Evans’ very recent experience in building a producing lithium operation from the ground up, we see him as the ideal candidate to step into the role of managing director of Birimian as Goulamina moves into the development phase,” he says.

Mr Evans will start at Birimian in February on a $350,000 base salary, plus equity incentives.

The junior’s share price was up just over 3 per cent to 17c in early trade.

Let’s ramp this thing up

Birimian reckons that its low cost Goulamina project in Mali is one of the world’s largest spodumene mineral resources, at 103.2 million tonnes grading 1.34 per cent lithium.

The company has started a feasibility study on an operation producing 362,000 tonnes each year of 6 per cent lithium oxide spodumene concentrate, due for completion around June this year.