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Millennial Lithium (TSXV:ML;OTCQB:MLNLF) is a resource extraction company focused on becoming one of Argentina’s next lithium producers. Argentina is a top-tier mining jurisdiction and hosts some of the world’s largest lithium resources. Millennial Lithium is building a strong portfolio of lithium projects in the Argentinean belt of South America’s Lithium Triangle. The company’s flagship project is the advanced-stage Pastos Grandes lithium project in Salta Province, the main hub for lithium projects in Argentina.
Millennial Lithium’s other projects include the Cauchari East in Jujuy Province and the Cruz property in Salta Province. Cauchari East is adjacent to and contiguous with both Lithium America’s Cauchari Project and Orocobre’s producing Orlaroz Mine. Cruz is adjacent to Enirgi Group’s Rincon Project which has a definitive feasibility study as well as reserves and measured/indicated resources totaling 4.7 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent.
The company is nearing completion of a Phase 1 drilling program at Pastos Grandes that includes three wells and is intended to establish an initial resource estimate on the project. The results from the first two wells confirm favorable grades (averaging 395 mg/l lithium) and brine chemistry that extends to depth. Results from the third well are due out in the first quarter of 2017. The company is on track to commence upcoming drill programs at both Cauchari and Cruz in 2017.
Ian Scarr, a well-known geologist in Argentina’s Salta Province, is the Vice President of Exploration and Development for Millennial Lithium. Scarr was instrumental in bringing the Sal de Vida lithium Brine project in Argentina through feasibility with Galaxy Resources. He also completed the definitive feasibility study on the Rincon project with Enirgi Group.
- Lithium demand is expected to grow at an annual rate of 16 percent through 2025.
- South American brine production is the most cost-competitive compared to other lithium sources.
- Millennial is fast-tracking Pastos Grandes towards production with a goal of being a key player in Argentina’s growing lithium sector.
- Expanding portfolio of highly prospective lithium projects covering over 20,000 hectares within the Argentinean belt of the South American lithium triangle.
- World-class technical team and a management team of industry professionals with strong political and business relationships within Argentina.
- Steady stream of news flow expected with active exploration campaigns on at least three properties in 2017.
Flagship Property: Pastos Grandes
Advanced-stage development project strategically located in the prolific Salta Province.
The Pastos Grandes Lithium Project covers 1,221 hectares of the Pastos Grandes Salar at an elevation of 3,800 meters and is located 231 kilometers from the city of Salta. Millennial Lithium has the option to acquire a 100 percent interest in the property.
Pastos Grandes is accessible year-round via highway and roads from Salta. Existing infrastructure in the area includes an electrical power line, gas pipeline, and water system as well as nearby rail to Chile and Buenos Aires.
The previous operator completed more than $4 million in historical exploration on the property between 2011 and 2012, including six wells, CSAMT and SEV surveys, and pilot plant evaporation tests on site.
Sampling completed at Pastos Grandes shows the salar contains brines with a density of 1.2 mg/ml and a lithium grade of 400 mg/l to 600 mg/l with some values exceeding 3,000 mg/l lithium.
Fast-tracking toward production
Millennial Lithium is working to bring Pastos Grandes into commercial production within three years. The company has planned a process flowsheet that uses traditional processes and can be optimized for scalability.
Phase 1 exploration encounters favorable grades and depth
Millennial commenced a Phase I lithium brine drilling program in November 2016 with a goal of delineating a continuous resource block and completing an initial resource estimate for Pastos Grandes. The results from the first two exploration wells confirmed that the brine of the salar extends to much greater depths than encountered in past exploration.
Brine samples collected from the first well, from surface to 355 meters, contained an average lithium grade of 395 mg/L with individual lithium grades as high as 471 mg/L. Brine samples collected from the second well, from 71 to 400 meters, contained an average lithium grade of 389 mg/L with individual samples as high as 399 mg/L lithium. These average grades from the first two wells are significantly higher than the results reported in historical drilling.
Phase I drilling was confined to the Northern portion of the salar. Millennial Lithium also plans to conduct drilling in the southern end of the salar where the company expects lithium values to be higher. Two historical wells drilled in 2011 in the southern portion of Pastos Grandes returned average lithium grades of 558 mg/L and 566 mg/L, significantly higher than the historical wells in the Northern portion.
Orocobre is producing lithium carbonate from the same salar that extends beneath Millennial’s Cauchari East property.
The Cauchari East lithium project is located 280 kilometers from San Salvador, the capital city of Jujuy Province. The property covers nearly 3,000 hectares in the eastern portion of the Cauchari salar, the deepest part of the salar according to gravity surveys.
Both Orocobre and Lithium Americas have been exploring the Cauchari salar since 2009. Lithium America’s main resource and reserve is within 5 kilometers west of Millennial Lithium’s Cauchari East. The 2010 Technical Report for the Cauchari salar filed by Orocobre contains an extensive dataset which confirms that the brine resource extends to the east of the basin and toward Cauchari East.
Millennial Lithium plans to begin drilling at Cauchari East in the second quarter of 2017.
Adjacent to Enirgi Group’s Rincon Project which has a definitive feasibility study and 4.7 million tonnes of LCE reserves and resources.
Millennial Lithium’s Cruz Project covers 2,500 hectares of the northern portion of the Pocitos salar in Salta Province.
Historical government-conducted surface sampling in the 1970s south of the Cruz property resulted in lithium values as high as 400 mg/l. Further sampling completed more recently has shown higher lithium concentrations along deep faults which may be potential conduits for lithium-bearing fluids emitted from the Rincon Volcano.
Millennial Lithium is set to commence drilling at Cruz in the first quarter of 2017.
Graham Harris, Chairman of the Board
Graham Harris has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry including as Senior Vice President and Director of Canaccord Capital Corp. from 1999 to 2004. Harris has directly raised over $250 million in development and venture capital for public and private companies worldwide. Currently, he is the CEO and Director of Cap‐Ex Iron Ore Ltd.; founding Director of High North Resources Ltd.; and Founder and owner of Sunrise Drilling Ltd.
Kyle Stevenson, President and Director
Kyle Stevenson has more than 15 years’ experience in finance, marketing and public relations. He is the Founder and past President/CEO of High North Resources Ltd., an oil and gas producer in Alberta Canada. Stevenson is the Founder of Liquid Entertainment and Waterproof Studios. Waterproof Studios is a top tier animation and visual effect studio that works with the world’s premier gaming and film companies. He is also the Founder and Director of RuralCom Networks, a licenses telecom provider and owner of Canadian 850 MHZ spectrum.
Iain Scarr (MBA, BSc. Geology), Chief Operating Officer
Iain Scarr worked primarily in industrial minerals exploration and commercial development from 1979-2009 with Rio Tinto where he was responsible for multiple discoveries in North and South America and Africa, and worked on the commercial justification for the Jadar lithium-borate resource in Serbia. Following his 29 years with Rio Tinto, Scarr joined Lithium One Inc. where he was responsible for bringing the Sal de Vida lithium Brine project in Argentina through feasibility with Galaxy Resources. Following Galaxy, he completed the definitive feasibility on the Rincon project with the Enirgi Group. During his time working on these world-class resources, Scarr established relationships with globally respected professionals from multiple disciplines world-wide.
Andrew Bowering, Director
Andrew Bowering has held senior executive positions and directorships in numerous public exploration companies over the last 25 years, with operations in Canada, US, Mexico, China, Argentina and Australia. He has directly raised over $100 million for mineral exploration and advanced development projects, in addition to leading several large acquisition programs. He is Founder and owner of Sunrise Drilling Ltd.
Brent Butler, Director
Brent Butler has more than 30 years of international geological and mine management experience. Butler is a former Managing Director of Kinross Gold Australia Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow Member FGS, SEG & Member AusIMM and PDAC.
Brian Morrison, Director
Brian Morrison is a self-employed management consultant to public companies and has provided services in a variety of management and financial oversight roles. He currently holds directorships in numerous public companies. Morrison has an indepth knowledge of securities markets regulatory affairs and investor relations.
Dr. Vijay Mehta, Advisory Board Director
Dr. Vijay Mehta has 45+ years of R&D and Manufacturing experience in the field of Ore and Brine based technology for recovery of lithium, potash, magnesium and boron to produce commercial scale high purity chemical products. He has extensive knowledge of lithium resources (brines and ores) and their chemistry, having visited all the lithium resources sites around the world. He has expert insight of lithium process technologies for the recovery of lithium into high purity Li2CO3, LiOH and more than 20 other lithium products (inorganic -organometallic). Dr. Mehta holds more than 12 US patents, +50 Technology reports and +10 publications.
G.A. (Ben) Binninger, Advisory Board Director
Ben Binninger is a chief executive with extensive experience leading and creating technically sophisticated process and service companies. These companies include global businesses of more than a billion dollars for ARCO, Hercules and Rio Tinto. His skills include mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds and public offerings. Binninger brings an unusual combination of global management, strategic positioning and financial expertise with hands on operating experience in chemicals, energy, materials, environmental and mining, as well as consulting, technology and defense. He has led businesses and negotiated deals and contracts for industry leaders with worldwide market shares from 40 percent to 90 percent across operations in 24 countries. He has commercialized novel technologies and developed new products, businesses and companies. His broad functional background includes sales, marketing, distribution, operations, technology, financial, business development and planning. He has strong expertise in strategic analysis, profit enhancement, financial restructuring, organizational realignment, external funding, cost control and environmental matters.