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Lithium Chile completes well drilling at Arizaro

2021-11-16 10:24 ET - News Release

Mr. Steven Cochrane reports


Lithium Chile Inc. has completed its production well drilled on its 23,300-hectare property located in the Salar de Arizaro, Salta Province, Argentina.

Arizaro production test well update

  • The production well has been completed on time and on budget with a depth of 452 metres.
  • Drilling determined that the Arizaro salar contains distinct formations deposited in layers the upper halite cap and below that a clastic layer containing sands and gravel. These clastics are the favourable formation to host brine solutions.
  • The well was logged with the following tools:
    • QL40-SGR -- Measurement of formation natural radioactivity and contributions of uranium, thorium and potassium. Between 0 to 443 m depth;
    • QL40-FTC -- Borehole fluid conductivity and temperature measurement. Between 0 to 443 m depth;
    • QL40-IND-C -- Formation resistivity measurement. Between 0 to 443 m depth;
    • QL40-ABI-2G -- Measurement of ultrasonic images. Between 0 to 443 m depth;
    • BMR-90 -- Measurement of borehole magnetic resonance for porosity and permeability. Between four to 443 m with TE (time spacing) of 1,200 microseconds. First metres below casing were avoided due to the metal interference on magnetic field;
  • Geophysical results confirm promising clastic brines between 330 m and 452 m.
  • Drilling went smoothly through the halite cap and hit the clastics layer at approximately 330 m and ran back into a clay layer at 452 m. The key clastic target was 120 m thick. The downhole geophysical logs show greater than 25 per cent porosity.
  • The next stage in the evaluation of the well involves of the running of custom-made casing and liners to ensure that the samples are not contaminated such that accurate lithium grades can be obtained during pump testing. The casing and liners will arrive at the well site on Nov. 17, 2021.
  • Currently the well diameter is being expanded from 8.5 inches in diameter to 14 inches to accommodate a larger downhole pump to handle the anticipated higher flow rates.
  • Drilling continued below the top of the clay layer to a depth of 464 m so as to allow a cellar below the clastic layers intended to catch sediments that will inflow during the production test.
  • The current drilling will be completed by Nov. 17, 2021, such that the new casings and liners can be installed immediately thereafter. Upon installation pump testing and sampling is planned to commence in early December.

Steve Cochrane, president and chief executive officer of Lithium Chile, commented: "We are pleased that our production test well has been completed -- on time and on budget -- on Salar de Arizaro property, Argentina. Our team on the ground is very encouraged by the results to date with the downhole geophysics confirming a thick 120-metre formation with all the clastic brine indicators. We look forward to the running of production casing and liners within the next few weeks such that the main production testing can commence immediately."

About Lithium Chile Inc.

Lithium Chile is advancing a lithium property portfolio consisting of 69,200 hectares covering sections of 12 salars in Chile and one salar comprising 23,300 hectares in Argentina.

Lithium Chile also owns five properties, totalling 22,429 hectares, that are prospective for gold, silver and copper. Exploration efforts are continuing on Lithium Chile's Carmona gold/silver/copper property which lies in the heart of the Chilean mega porphyry gold/silver/copper belt.

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