- Larger diamond drilling rig with greater capability will be on site next week - rig has had recent success in the area drilling up to 500 metres deep - two rigs now operating at Cauchari.
- Foraco has third largest fleet of drilling rigs globally and is an expert in mining and water drilling.
- New rig delivers operational certainty necessary for LKE to produce assays from Cauchari.
Foraco International SA is the third largest global mineral driller providing innovative solutions for mining, and water projects across 22 countries and five continents. With the 3rd largest global fleet of drilling rigs, best-in-class safety standards and a versatile, well-trained international workforce with a proven track record in geologically complex formations we are uniquely positioned to satisfy the needs of customers operating around the world.
The new diamond drill (see Figures 1 & 2 in link below) will target depths of between 400 metres and 500 metres to collect samples. Reporting results from this hole is the Company's immediate priority.
Lake's Managing Director Steve Promnitz said: "We have every confidence in Foraco's capabilities and their experience drilling in these conditions. Their rig recently completed a successful hole nearby for a third party so we have the right contractor and drill rig deployed. With two rigs turning at Cauchari, Lake can deliver a lot of value in the near term. The Kachi project is also expanding and we expect to provide an update here also."
Lake will advise when the Foraco rig arrives on site and when it commences drilling within 2 weeks.
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is a lithium exploration and development company focused on developing its three lithium brine projects and 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 (~200,000Ha) secured in 2016 prior to a significant 'rush' by major companies. The large holdings provide the potential to provide consistent security of supply demanded by battery makers and electric vehicle manufacturers.
The Kachi project covers 69,000 ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla project in Catamarca Province. Drilling at Kachi has confirmed a large lithium brine bearing basin over 20km long, 15km wide and 400m to 800m deep. Drilling over Kachi (currently 16 drill holes, 3100m) has produced a maiden indicated and inferred resource of 4.4 Mt LCE (Indicated 1.0Mt and Inferred 3.4Mt) within a 8-17 Mt LCE exploration target (refer ASX announcement 27 November 2018).
A direct extraction technique is being tested in partnership with Lilac Solutions, which has shown 80-90% recoveries and lithium brine concentrations in excess of 3000 mg/L lithium and is planned to be trialled on site in tandem with conventional methods as part of a PFS to follow the resource statement. Scope exists to unlock considerable value through partnerships and corporate deals in the near term.
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