THE DRILL SERGEANT: Galan Lithium (ASX: GLN) announce further lithium assay results from recent sampling performed at the Pata Pila tenement within the company’s Hombre Muerto lithium brine project in Argentina.
Galan Lithium described the results a “outstanding” and indicated they would assist in the continued estimation of lithium brine resources at the Western Basin of the Hombre Muerto salar.
The Pata Pila license covers large alluvial fan areas covering part of the western margin of the Hombre Muerto salar.
Galan said the results had confirmed intercepts encountered by previous drilling of high-grade/low-impurity lithium bearing brines from the Western Tenement project areas.
The company carried out an airlift test of 72 hours retrieving brine from between the intervals of 40 metres to 718.5m, explain that this provides an average grade for the drill hole, which is host to three main lithological units (sands, conglomerates and porous halites) that are the brine bearing aquifers that are estimated to combine to a total of between 350 to 400m in width.
The 72 hour air lift test sample returned 946 milligrams per litre lithium (mg/l Li) over a 670 metre-plus interval confirming exceptional grade average for drillhole PP-01-19 at Pata Pila.
The company said its next phase of test work will be to more accurately determine the flow rates from the aquifers.
“We are delighted with these results,” Galan Lithium managing director Juan Pablo Vargas de la Vega said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Galan continues to show that its Hombre Muerto projects have potentially the right recipe for a commercial scale project, as well as being one of the highest-grade lithium brine projects in the world.
“Furthermore, we are encouraged by the confirmation of Pata Pila’s high-grade and low impurities and the effect on a large section of high-grade brines, which could add significant inventory to the previously reported Candela’s resource of 685,000 tonnes of LCE”.