Fast Facts

  • 20,906 hectares – 100% interest
  • 5,959 hectares – subject to completion of transaction with LitheA
  • 3 production wells on site (150m3/hr) (currently closed, under rehabilitation)
  • Established infrastructure on site
  • Potential for gypsum and sodium sulphate by-product credits

LSC holds ~27,000 hectares with tenements covering approximately 90% of the Salar nucleus.

Overview

Located in the southwestern province of Salta, Argentina in an area known as the Puna region, salar Rio Grande lies at an elevation of 3,630 metres above sea level and has a surface area of approximately 180 km2.

The Salar is located within the prolific “Lithium Triangle” which is an area covering Argentina, Bolivia and Chile where the world’s most abundant lithium deposits are found. Rio Grande is approximately 500 km from Salta and close to key infrastructure such as roads, rail, major power and natural gas lines.

LSC’s ownership package consists of 20,906 hectares of tenements and applications for tenements, which cover approximately 90% of the Salar nucleus.

History of the Salar

LSC acquired the Rio Grande property in 2016. The property was previously owned by Enirgi Group and operated by ADY Resources Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enirgi Group). The Rio Grande property was previously utilized to produce sodium sulphate, which was used as a reagent to produce lithium carbonate. The salar has 3 production wells and an established camp on site.

Prior exploration and development work on salar Rio Grande by previous owners/operators has included surface sampling, geological mapping, diamond drill holes to 1,653 metres, pumping wells, and a 2015 Environmental Impact Statement report.

Future production and processing strategy

The Rio Grande property is not currently in production. Historical work indicates that the Rio Grande salar may also have the potential for gypsum and sodium sulphate by-product credits.*

The Rio Grande salar is located approximately 5 hours (trucking distance) from Enirgi Group’s planned future regional processing facility, to be located at their wholly-owned Salar del Rincón project. LSC expects that future processing methods would entail the application of ground-breaking lithium extraction technology such as Enirgi Group’s Direct Xtraction Processing Technology ("DXP Technology"). With the DXP Technology, raw brine would be extracted directly from the salar and could then be transported to Enirgi Group’s facility for processing.

*Information on this web page contains forward-looking statements. See “Forward-Looking Statements”, “Cautionary Note on Future Production by LSC” and “Scientific and Technical Information on Material Properties” under the Legal Notice section of this website for important information and qualifications.