Fast Facts

  • Large salar located in both Salta and Jujuy Provinces
  • Large land package of approximately 85,000 hectares located (Salta and Jujuy provinces)
  • Positioned to be the sole operator on the salar 
  • Excellent access – main highway crosses the salar
  • Prior exploration and development work indicates brine chemistry with low Mg:Li ratio

Given the size of this salar, it has the potential to be LSC’s largest source of future production.*

Overview

Salinas Grandes is located in both the Provinces of Salta and Jujuy, approximately 68 km northeast of the town of San Antonio de los Cobres on Route National 52. Salar Salinas Grandes lies at an elevation of 3,520 metres above sea level. Salinas Grandes is very large (surface area of approximately 220 km2) and has a drainage basin extending over 4,630 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. Salinas Grandes is well situated in relation to key infrastructure; the main highway crosses the salar.

LSC’s ownership package consists of ~179,000 hectares of tenements and applications for tenements in salar Salinas Grandes and neighboring areas on laguna Guayatayoc and the Western Claim Block.

LSC is actively pursuing consolidation of tenements on Salinas Grandes and to the benefit of both LSC and the community.

History of the Salar

LSC acquired its interests in the Salinas Grandes tenements in 2016. Some of the tenements were previously owned, and exploration work was conducted by, ADY Resources Limited on behalf of Enirgi Group (ADY Resources is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enirgi Group). LSC also has a 51% interest in a joint venture with the Argentine subsidiary of Dajin Resources Corp. (TSX-Venture: DJI) to explore and develop lithium brines on tenements and applications for tenements covering ~137,000 hectares in salar Salinas Grandes, laguna Guayatayoc and the Western Claim Block.

Prior exploration and development work on salar Salinas Grandes by previous owners/operators has included surface mapping and sampling up to 1 metre. In 2009, ADY Resources completed a surface mapping and sampling program across its tenements on the northwestern side of Salinas Grandes. In 2010, ADY Resources completed a sampling program (1 metre deep pit samples) on a 250 m x 250 m or 500 m x 500 m grid pattern for the tenements located on the salar in both Salta and Jujuy. Other owners/operators on the salar include Orocobre and Advantage Lithium.

Enirgi 2010 Surface Sampling- Salinas Grandes*

Tenement
Name
File No.
(Expdte)
Area
(ha)
No. of
Samples
Grid (m) Max
(mg/L Li)
Min
(mg/L Li)
Average
(mg/L Li)
Cangrejillos 17710 159 40 250 x 250 3851 14 1595
Cangrejillo I 17908 489 36 500 x 500
Cristina 139-S-2003 490 41 500 x 500 1178 145 594
Domingo 791-C-2007 318 22 500 x 500 848 220 440
Tomasa 514-A-2006 300 19 500 x 500 595 8 265
Prode II 11576 100 25 250 x 250 1179 771 928
Clorosal 17650 53 28 250 x 250 1451 830 1026
Clorosal I 17816 200 27 250 x 250 1515 594 915

Total 2109 237



Future exploration programs

LSC intends to initially focus on enhancing the community relations programs already in place, complemented by low impact surface and shallow auger sampling. As wider appreciation of the community benefits of exploration and development on the salar is developed, LSC will undertake more detailed work related to defining the basin geometry, hydrogeology and resource potential.

Future production and processing strategy

The Salinas Grandes salar is not currently in production. Given the size of this salar, it has the potential to be LSC’s largest source of future production.*

The Salinas Grandes salar is located approximately 1 hour (trucking distance) from Enirgi Group’s future regional processing facility, to be located at their wholly-owned Salar del Rincon 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 trucked 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.