CALGARY, Alberta, June 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NetworkWire — Lithium Chile Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange:LITH) (OTC-QB:LTMCF) (“Lithium Chile” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received written consent from the community of Ollague to begin an exploration drilling program on its Ollague project. With drill mobilization now underway, Lithium Chile expects drilling to begin shortly.
The program will consist of four holes drilled to a minimum 250 metres (m) or deeper based on drilling conditions and brine content. Data collection will include lithology and depth-specific geochemical samples. Brine sampling will be completed using both drive point and hydraulic double packer systems, which have been tested and proved to provide a true depth-specific sample in addition to flow and porosity characteristics.
Lithium Chile previously completed a transient electromagnetic survey (TEM) covering 25 square kilometres of the Ollague project (see news release dated April 3, 2018). Analysis indicates several continuous conductive units over much of the property. In addition, the survey indicated these conductive units to be several open-ended horizontal zones varying from 20 to over 200m in thickness and within 20 to 120m of surface. The Company believes the zones reflect saline aquifers (resistivity values of generally less than three ohms). Highly conductive readings have generally been found to indicate a high content of lithium brine in most other salar basins in the area.
SAMPLE RESULTS ON OLD WATER WELLS RETURN 1220 MG/L LITHIUM
A recently completed sampling program from a series of shallow water wells drilled to test a near surface aquafer in the central sector of Salara Ollague yielded significant lithium values. Sampling procedure consisted of bailing the wells, allowing them to refill and sampling the fresh flow. One well, just outside Lithium Chile’s property border was drilled to 110m depth and lithium concentration of the water sample taken from this well assayed 1220 mg/l. This well appears to have penetrated the top of the thicker more extensive conductive horizon indicted by our TEM surveys and the prime target of the current drill program.
Ollague Project Highlights
- 3500 hectares on the Salar de Ollague.
- Located near the town of Ollague and close to infrastructure.
- Comprehensive sampling program has encountered near-surface lithium brines assaying from 160 to 1140mg/L lithium.
- Testing has shown good chemistry, which is an important factor in economic lithium production (Li:K ratio 0.1:1, Mg:Li ratio 7:1).
- Property wide TEM geophysical survey has identified multiple, large, high-priority target areas.
- Recent old water well sampling has encountered subsurface lithium bearing brines assaying 180 to 1220 mg/l lithium.
Subsequent Drilling Programs. Upon successful completion of the first 4 holes of this program, the Company will seek to permit additional exploration and development programs at Ollague. In addition, upon completion of the initial Ollague drilling program, it is the Company’s intention to begin drilling each of the other four high priority salars in continuous succession. The company is fully funded for this exploration program
Steve Cochrane, President and CEO of Lithium Chile, commented, “With a range of high-grade, near-surface lithium samples, excellent TEM survey results and no competition in the region, Ollague is one of our most exciting projects. We are delighted to have received final drilling approval and more importantly becoming one of the first of the new wave of Chilean lithium exploreco’s to begin a drilling program on one of our lithium prospects.”
This news release has been reviewed by Terence Walker, M.Sc., P. Geo., VP Exploration for Lithium Chile and a qualified person as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101
About Lithium Chile
Lithium Chile is advancing a lithium property portfolio consisting of 152,900 hectares covering sections of 14 salars and 1 laguna complex in Chile. The properties include 64 square kilometres on the Salar de Atacama which hosts the world’s highest concentration lithium brine production and is currently the source of approximately 30% of the world’s lithium production. Lithium Chile’s common shares are listed on the TSX-V under the symbol “LITH” and on the OTC-QB under the symbol “LTMCF”.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
LITHIUM CHILE INC.
President & CEO
Forward Looking Statements
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