VIDEO: Lithium Power Resource Upgrade To Strengthen Maricunga Project
VIDEO: Lithium Power Resource Upgrade To Strengthen Maricunga Project
Sydney, May 11, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Lithium Power International (ASX:LPI) (OTCMKTS:LTHHF) are developing the Maricunga lithium brine project in Chile. Maricunga is one of the highest grade lithium brine projects globally (1,250mg/l), has the highest publicly released flow rate for a lithium project in South America (25L to 38L / sec) and is supported by significant existing infrastructure (roads, power & work force).

The company recently completed an 18 hole-drill program to expand the current resource (574kt LCE). The results were impressive, as the average grade exceeded 1,000mg/l, whilst mineralisation extended from surface to 360m. The resource upgrade is due in 2Q17. This will be followed by pilot plant testing, a Preliminary Economic Study by the end of 2017 and a Definitive Feasibility Study during 2018.

Analyst Comment: With a string of excellent exploration results earlier this year that should result in a significant resource upgrade to be released in the coming weeks, Lithium Power could be on the verge of a substantial re-rating given the potential that is beginning to be uncovered at the Maricunga Project.

The exploration program exceeded our expectations, as the high grade nature of the deposit was maintained, whilst extending the mineralised zone both along strike and at depth. We believe this should see the resource at least triple in size (1.5Mt LCE - TSI assumption) in the coming months (2Q17).

This updated resource will not include the deep drill hole, which nearly doubled the depth of the known mineralisation (200m to 360m). This result highlights the long term potential for Maricunga's mine life to possibly double in size or alternatively increase the long term production target (TSI assumption - 20ktpa LCE).

Other results have also been promising. The flow test work (25L - 38L / sec) was some of the best publicly released results for a lithium brine project in South America, whilst the evaporation rate was also impressive (brine concentration increased 5 times in 3 months). The evaporation rate is important as this could potentially reduced processing time (industry average +12 months), which would either lower costs and/or increase production.

Valuation: We initiated coverage on Lithium Power with a valuation of $1.10 / share (SP $0.30 / share). We determined this valuation by completing a DCF valuation on the Maricunga Project. Full details of our valuation analysis including our key assumptions can be viewed at, http://thesophisticatedinvestor.com.au.

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About Lithium Power International Ltd

Lithium Power InternationalLithium Power International Limited (ASX:LPI) is a pure-play lithium explorer and developer, focusing on developing and fast-tracking to production the high-grade Maricunga lithium brine project in Chile.

LPI has a well-known performing technical team with the experience to take the Maricunga project all the way through the development stages to production.

The regions that LPI is currently focused on are:

1. Maricunga JV (Chile) – Located within the "Lithium Triangle", Maricunga is Chile's highest grade and most advanced lithium project outside the Salar de Atacama. The project lies 170 km northeast of Copiapo and 250 km from the port of Caldera.

2. Pilbara (Western Australia) – LPI has three granted exploration tenements covering 203 km2 in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia. The largest granted exploration tenement is the Pilgangoora tenement which is 2-3 km west of the Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) and Altura Mining (ASX:AJM) lithium deposits.

3. Greenbushes (Western Australia) – LPI has two granted exploration tenements covering 400 km2 in the Greenbushes area of southern Western Australia. The tenements are adjacent to the world's largest hard rock lithium mine owned and operated by Tianqi/Talison.

4. Centenario (Argentina) – Through its Argentinian subsidiary, Lithium Power holds a total of seven granted tenements in the Centenario lithium brine salar within the Salta province of the Puna Plateau. In total, the seven granted tenements cover an area of 68.46 km2.

With the exception of the Maricunga JV, all tenements are 100% owned by LPI or LPSA (including rights to the Centenario tenements).


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