The principal activities of the entities within Lake Resources NL (Lake) are:
- Exploration and development of lithium brine projects and lithium hard rock projects
- Exploration for minerals.
During the year ended 31 December 2016, Lake completed the acquisition of unlisted company LithNRG Pty Ltd, that controls two Argentine subsidiaries with lithium brine projects in Argentina.
The Company announced in 25 May 2016 an agreement to acquire the unlisted company LithNRG Pty Ltd, with exciting lithium brine projects in three large packages of tenement applications (over 90,000 Ha) around salt lakes in North West Argentina. The property portfolio has been established over a ten month period, mostly prior to the recent 'rush' by majors into Argentina due to its proven prospectivity and recently improved foreign investment climate.
On 4 October 2016, the shareholders approved the acquisition of Lith NRG Pty Ltd for the staged issue of shares and options under the terms detailed in the Notice of Annual General Meeting and Explanatory Statement released on 1 September 2016. The transaction was completed on 14 November 2016 after subsequent final due diligence and documentation was completed and finalised.
Lake controls 100% the subsidiary LithNRG Pty Ltd with its Argentine subsidiaries, Minerales Australes SA and Morena del Valle Minerals SA.
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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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