- A third drill rig has started at Lake's 100%-owned Kachi Lithium Brine Project in Catamarca Province, Argentina.
- The additional diamond drill rig will assess the geology and stratigraphy while the other drill rigs are rotary rigs.
- Drilling was completed in the first rotary drill hole to a depth of 240 metres with encouraging indications of conductive brines in thick sandy aquifers. Testing and results will be reported in the coming weeks.
- Lake's Olaroz-Cauchari Project continues to look promising given the recent results from the adjoining leases showing high grade lithium with high flow rates. Lake has progressed with the process to have drilling approved adjacent to this area.
Kachi Lithium Brine Project, Catamarca - Update on drilling
Conductive brines were intersected in two thick sandy aquifers but these horizons have proven challenging to drill with rotary and diamond drill rigs. Testing and results will follow in the coming weeks.
Based on the solid progress being made at Kachi, a third rig - a diamond drill rig - has been deployed and commenced operations adjacent to the second rotary drill rig, 11 kilometres to the south east of the recently completed rotary drillhole to assess whether the same conductive sandy aquifers can be intersected. The diamond drilling company has an excellent track record of drilling brines under salt lakes in Argentina. The intention is to assess which of the three rigs produces the best results and the drilling programme will then be extended based on these outcomes.
Olaroz - Cauchari Lithium Brine Project, Jujuy - Update on nearby drilling results
Further high-grade lithium brine results averaging 476 mg/L lithium with other holes up to 720 mg/L lithium with high flow rates of brines were reported from the leases immediately adjoining Lake's leases at the Cauchari Lithium Brine Project in Jujuy province by Advantage Lithium and Orocobre (
Lake's subsidiaries have progressed with the process to have drilling approved adjacent to this area and it is Lake's intention to target the same aquifers.
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is undertaking an aggressive exploration programme to explore and develop prime lithium projects in Argentina, owned 100%, among some of the largest players in the lithium sector. Lake holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina (~170,000Ha) secured prior to a significant 'rush' by major companies with three key lithium brine projects located in the Lithium Triangle which produces half of the world's lithium. Lake also holds one large package of lithium pegmatite properties which were an unappreciated source of lithium in Argentina until recently.
The three key brine projects, Olaroz/Cauchari, Paso and Kachi, have similar settings to major world class brine projects being developed in the highly prospective Jujuy and Catamarca Provinces. One project is located next to Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production and SQM/Lithium Americas Cauchari project. 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 shown conductive brines in thick porous sands with results anticipated over the coming months. Surface sampling has revealed positive lithium results which will be expanded through the drilling program and geophysics. Exploration and permitting over Kachi and the other projects will provide several catalysts for the company's growth as these areas are assessed for major discoveries.
Significant corporate transactions continue in adjacent leases with development of SQM/Lithium Americas Olaroz/Cauchari project with an equity/debt investment over $300 million and Advantage Lithium's equity transaction in some of Orocobre's leases. LSC Lithium has also raised over $60 million on a large lease package in similar areas as Lake's properties. Nearby projects of Lithium X were subject to a takeover offer of C$265 million in December 2017.
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