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Volt Lithium pegs Rainbow Lake at 4.3M tonnes LCE inf

2023-05-18 08:01 ET - News Release

Mr. Alex Wylie reports


Volt Lithium Corp. has completed an initial resource report, prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, indicating an inferred mineral resource of 4.3 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) at the company's Rainbow Lake property.

Key highlights

  • 4.3 million tonnes of LCE in the inferred mineral resource category from the Devonian-aged Sulphur Point, Muskeg and Keg River (the Elk Point group) aquifers;
  • Rainbow Lake property has an estimated 99.0 billion barrels (15.7 billion cubic metres) of brine, more than 20 billion barrels higher than the 78 billion barrels previously estimated, with lithium concentrations as high as 121 milligrams per litre and an estimated average associated lithium concentration of 51 mg/L;
  • The inferred mineral resource equates to 215 times the estimated peak production of 20,000 tonnes per year, demonstrating the sheer size and scale of this lithium asset;
  • Results from Volt's current pilot project are anticipated before the end of Q2 of 2023;
  • Volt's total land position at Rainbow Lake equals about 430,000 acres (about 670 sections) and features over 1,300 producing wells from which to source brine;
  • Volt intends to focus development on those areas of its asset base featuring the highest lithium concentrations, where testing demonstrated concentrations between 101 and 121 mg/L in the Muskeg formation, levels that are expected to drive strong economic returns and robust cash flows.

"Receipt of this technical report represents a landmark milestone and defining moment for Volt as we confirm an estimated 4.3 million tonnes of LCE with concentrations as high as 121 mg/L across parts of our land base, underpinning our commitment to be an integral part of the clean energy transition," commented Alex Wylie, president and chief executive officer of Volt. "With this technical report in hand, we have a strong foundation to continue developing our assets with the goal of increasing the resource estimate and further expanding our high lithium concentrations. We are at a true inflection point in Volt's journey as we advance our goal of becoming North America's first commercial producer of lithium from oil field brine, which will set the stage for the company to secure additional assets and oil and gas company partnerships where we can apply our proprietary technology to target the efficient and profitable extraction of lithium from brine."

The company would like to thank its staff and contractors for their diligence, tireless efforts and safe execution in achieving this significant corporate milestone, as well as the co-operation of the producing oil and gas partners across Volt's permit areas to obtain the brine samples.

National Instrument 43-101 technical report: mineral resource estimate at Rainbow Lake property

The NI 43-101 technical report for the Rainbow Lake property is being prepared and will be filed on SEDAR and the company's website within the coming week, and no later than 45 days. Following is a summary of the key technical highlights from the technical report.

Qualified persons

The resource estimate, along with various scientific and technical information in this press release, has been prepared by Volt's multidisciplinary team of Meghan Klein, PEng, and Doug Ashton, PEng, of Sproule Associates Ltd., a global leader in subsurface fluid resource evaluations with over 70 years of experience. Dmitry Deryushkin, PGeo, MEng, and Jesse Williams-Kovacs, PEng, of Subsurface Dynamics Inc. co-authored the technical report and were responsible for the preparation and completion of the geological portion of the technical report including geomodelling. Each of the above persons meets the qualifications for a qualified person (QP) within the meaning of NI 43-101.

Estimate methodology

The estimate was completed using volumetric analytics based on geological parameters that include aquifer geometry, porosity, permeability, pressure and lithium concentrations. The mineral resource estimate benefited from a considerable amount of data compiled by the oil and gas industry and made public by the government of Alberta.

Key data sets used to determine aquifer brine parameters in the resource area include:

  • Drill stem tests (pressure, water quality and permeability);
  • Core plug analyses (porosity and permeability);
  • Core logging and facies description (geometry of the aquifer);
  • Downhole wireline logs (lithology, total porosity, effective porosity and permeability);
  • Sampling compositional analysis (lithium concentration);
  • Historical production volumes of hydrocarbons and water (context for aquifer pressure and continuity).

Within each of the three Elk Point group aquifers, the lithium concentrations are as follows:

  • Muskeg aquifer: concentrations in the range of 34.2 to 121.0 mg/L, with an average of 92.3 mg/L based on testing conducted by Volt and verified by third party labs, while government data were in the range of 36.0 to 52.0 mg/L with an average of 42.7 mg/L;
  • Keg River aquifer: concentrations in the range of 36.7 to 62.1 mg/L, with an average of 48.7 mg/L, based on testing conducted by Volt and verified by third party labs, while government data was in the range of 32.0 to 54.0 mg/L with an average of 40.4 mg/L;
  • Sulphur Point aquifer: concentrations in the range of 29.0 to 51.0 mg/L with an average of 40.3 mg/L, based on government data.

A total of 41 samples of lithium measurements, including public and private data, were used to generate the estimated lithium concentration across the Rainbow Lake property. Numerous lithium brine samples were available for all three formations in the area of interest, including both historical public samples, as well as samples that had been compiled for an open file report prepared by the Alberta Energy Regulator and Alberta Geological Survey, led by Lyster et al., and samples collected by Volt in 2022 and 2023.

To estimate a lithium inferred mineral resource across the Rainbow Lake property area, a volumetric analysis based on bulk rock volume, petrophysical properties and lithium concentration data were used to define the initial estimates of reservoir in-place volumes. Based on sensitivity analysis, it is reasonable to expect that most of the inferred mineral resource volume estimated can be moved into indicated and measured resources as exploration activities, geomodel enhancements, and additional statistical modelling resolve and manage uncertainties related to the geological parameters associated with the project.

As of the effective date of the technical report, inferred mineral resources, estimated in accordance with NI 43-101 and using CIM definition standards (2014), and CIM (2012, 2019) and OSC (2011) guidance, and documented above are considered uncertain based on current known geological attributes across the Rainbow Lake property to be defined as reserves. The mineral resources documented in this technical report do not demonstrate the economic viability necessary to be classified as mineral reserves at this time.

About Volt Lithium Corp.

Volt is a lithium development and technology company aiming to be North America's first commercial producer of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonates from oil field brine. The company's strategy is to generate value for shareholders by leveraging management's hydrocarbon experience and existing infrastructure to extract lithium deposits from existing wells, thereby reducing capital costs, lowering risks and supporting the world's clean energy transition. With four differentiating pillars, and a proprietary direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology, Volt's innovative approach to development is focused on allowing the highest lithium recoveries with lowest costs, positioning the company well for future commercialization. The company is committed to operating efficiently and with transparency across all areas of the business staying sharply focused on creating long-term, sustainable shareholder value.

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