BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / ACCESSWIRE / February 12, 2024 / NOA Lithium Brines Inc. (TSXV:NOAL)(FSE:N7N) ("NOA" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the significant progress of its Phase 1 diamond drill program at its Rio Grande project ("Rio Grande" or the "Project"). The fifth hole, located at the Juana Azul claim within the salar was recently completed to a depth of 602 meters ("m"), and continues to confirm the Project's high lithium potential.
Preliminary highlights of the fifth hole, RG23-005, include:
NOA's Chief Executive Officer, Gabriel Rubacha states: "In less than a year, NOA's team has made great strides in advancing our Rio Grande project. The latest preliminary results continue to underscore the extensive potential of our flagship Rio Grande project. This hole completes our initial drilling campaign on-time and in-line with our planned aggressive drill program. The Company is on schedule to release its maiden resource later this quarter, which represents a significant catalyst towards unlocking value for our shareholders".
Hole RG23-005 was executed with diamond drilling (HQ-size), permitting the extraction of core samples of the salar basin formations and collection of brine samples, where available. Drilling was carried out by Salta-based Hidrotec S.A., under the supervision of NOA's geologists.
Diamond drill hole RG23-005 was completed at a depth of 602 meters. At a depth of 1 meter, the formations saturated with brine began. The lithology of the well is composed mainly by sand with sulfate intercalations and a lower proportion of crystalline halite, with contents that are variable along the depth of the well. Packer test sampling was carried out and almost the entire depth of the +600 m well returned brine-saturated units (approximately 530 m of the 602 m drilled), except for one horizon ranging 40 m in thickness.
Brine packer samples have been sent for laboratory analyses, including multi-element geochemical analysis for lithium and other relevant elements, and results are expected in the coming weeks. Selected drill core samples were sent to an accredited laboratory for physical property tests, including drainable porosity.
The location of RG23-005 is shown in Figure 1 and its drill collar information is provided in Table 1 below.
Figure 1: Plan Map Showing Well RG23-005 and Previous Completed Wells
Table 1: RG23-005 - Drill collar information
|Coordinates (UTM 19J South):
E: 588494 m
N: 7233176 m,
Z: 3669 m
Figure 2: Photo of Hole RG23-005
About NOA Lithium Brines Inc.
NOA is a lithium exploration and development company formed to acquire assets with significant resource potential. All NOA's projects are located in the heart of the prolific Lithium Triangle, in the mining-friendly province of Salta, Argentina, near a multitude of projects and operations owned by some of the largest players in the lithium industry. NOA has rapidly consolidated one of the largest lithium brine claim portfolios in this region that is not owned by a producing company, with key positions on three prospective salars, being Rio Grande, Arizaro, Salinas Grandes, and totalling over 140,000 hectares.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Sample Analysis & QA/QC Program
The Company has a robust QA/QC and sample management program. Brine samples were collected by a single / double packer system (in-hole inflatable) to isolate specific intervals down the drillhole. The packer sampling method allows the collection of brine samples at specific depths while sealing the hole at the top and bottom of the interval. The packer system was run several times to flush the hole after drilling to clear / clean the hole prior to sampling and four samples for each interval were collected (main sample, duplicate sample, check sample, reserve sample). The drillhole of the current release was inclined vertically (90 degrees) and the salar strata are believed to be flat-lying resulting in reported intervals approximating true thickness.
Samples of brine were submitted by courier for analysis to Alex Stewart NOA, subsidiary of Alex Stewart International Argentina, member of the Alex Stewart International group, an accredited laboratory for the analysis of lithium and other elements. Alex Stewart employed Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry as the analytical technique for the primary constituents of interest, including: boron, calcium, potassium, lithium, and magnesium. Measurements in the field included pH, conductivity, temperature and density. The quality of sample analytical results was controlled and assessed with a protocol of blank, duplicate and standard samples included within the sample sequence. Differences between original and duplicate samples and results for standards and blanks are considered within the acceptable range for lithium.
David O'Connor P.Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects , and he has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
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SOURCE: NOA Lithium Brines Inc.