Drilling Advances at Kachi Lithium Brine Project
- Drilling has advanced in the first rotary drill hole to a depth of 240 metres with encouraging indications of conductive brines in two thick sandy aquifers at Lake's 100%-owned Kachi Lithium Brine Project in Catamarca Province, Argentina
- The rotary drill hole will continue to a further depth up to 300 metres and then be cased and sampled
- The additional drill rig has commenced operations on a drill hole 6 kilometres to the south east to assess whether the same conductive sandy aquifers can be intersected
- High grade and potentially economic lithium brine results and flows were announced within a short distance of Lake's lease boundary at the Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy.
Kachi Lithium Brine Project, Catamarca - Update on drilling
This drill hole will continue to a suitable depth where a clay horizon is intersected up to 300 metres depth and then will be cased, logged with downhole geophysics, and sampled.
The additional larger rotary drill rig has commenced operations on a new rotary drillhole 6 kilometres to the south east of the current drilling to assess whether the same conductive sandy aquifers can be intersected.
Olaroz - Cauchari Lithium Brine Project, Jujuy - Update on nearby drilling
High grade and potentially economic lithium brine results with good flows rates of brines were reported recently from the leases immediately adjoining Lake's leases at the Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy province. Advantage Lithium and Orocobre announced the results from their drilling of lithium bearing brines on their adjoining Cauchari Project. It is Lake's intention to target the same aquifers.
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is a lithium exploration and development company focused on developing its 3 lithium brine projects and 1 hard rock project in Argentina, all owned 100%. The leases are in a prime location among the lithium sector's largest players within the Lithium Triangle where half of the world's lithium is produced. Lake holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina (~180,000Ha) secured in 2016 prior to a significant 'rush' by major companies. The large holdings provide the potential to provide security of supply demanded by battery makers and electric vehicle manufacturers.
The two flagship lithium brine projects are Kachi and Olaroz/Cauchari, located adjacent to major world class brine projects either in production or being developed in the highly prospective Jujuy and Catamarca Provinces. The Olaroz-Cauchari project is located in the same basin as Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production and adjoins SQM/Gangfeng/Lithium Americas Cauchari project, with high grade lithium (600 mg/L) with high flow rates drilled immediately across the lease boundary. Drilling is planned to commence in early October 2018 Cauchari with a three hole programme to intersect and extend the same lithium brine aquifers identified in the adjoining world-class lithium resource. Lake Resources aims to repeat the same high grade lithium results in its leases as the recent geophysics shows the likely extension of the same horizon into Lake's leases. Drilling will follow later at Olaroz once the methodology is proven at Cauchari.
The Kachi project covers 50,000 Ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla project. Drilling at Kachi has confirmed a large lithium brine bearing basin over 22km long and over 400m deep. Drilling over Kachi is aimed to produce a resource statement in 2018, anticipated in Oct 2018. A new direct extraction method is being tested in partnership with Lilac Solutions which promises far higher recoveries and in significantly shorter timelines, which will be trialled in tandem with conventional methods as part of a PFS after the resource statement. Scope exists to unlock considerable value through partnerships and corporate deals in the near-term.
Significant corporate transactions continue in adjacent leases with development of SQM/Gangfeng/Lithium Americas Cauchari project. Gangfeng recently announced a US$237 million transaction to acquire 37% of the project from SQM, with a two year timeline to initial production. Projects nearby to Kachi and FMC's Hombre Muerto were recently acquired via a takeover offer of C$265 million for Lithium X, completed in March 2018, and the northern half of Galaxy's Sal de Vida resource, purchased for US$280 million by POSCO in June 2018. Major players in the lithium supply chain continue to secure prime projects in the best locations globally.
The demand for lithium continues to be strong for lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles, according to recent data from the leading independent battery minerals consultant - Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Supply continues to be constrained suggesting good opportunities for upstream lithium companies for many years.
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