Charger Metals

Assays up to 4.2% Li2O Confirm New Spodumene Pegmatites at Lake Johnston

Charger Metals NL (ASX: CHR, “Charger” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that assay results from rock chip samples from a newly discovered pegmatite outcrop have confirmed high grade lithium up to 4.2% Li2O at the Lake Johnston Lithium Project, Western Australia.


  • Rock chip samples from a recently-identified pegmatite outcrop at the Lake Johnston Lithium Project have returned high-grade lithium assays up to 4.2% Li2O
  • The pegmatite outcrop contains visual spodumene crystals (visual estimates up to 40 – 50%)1 and extends northeast for 85m towards the Medcalf Spodumene Prospect
  • Two other spodumene-bearing pegmatite outcrops are located along the same trend with assays up to 2.2% Li2O and 2.5% Li2O, respectively2
  • Total distance of the new trend of spodumene-bearing pegmatite outcrops is over 1.2km, providing potential for scaleThe new trend is a priority lithium target that will be incorporated into the upcoming drill programmes at the Lake Johnston Lithium Project to be funded by Rio Tinto Exploration pursuant to the recently announced farm-in agreement3
Three samples were collected from across the outcrop, with all three returning high grade lithium results of 4.2%, 3.7%, and 3.5% Li2O. The outcrop was discovered during field mapping by Charger geologists and extends for 85m. Spodumene crystals are visible and are estimated to be up to 40- 50% of the total volume.1

The spodumene-bearing pegmatite outcrop strikes northeast towards the Medcalf Spodumene Prospect. Two other pegmatite outcrops have previously been mapped along this 1.2km trend, both of which have visual spodumene confirmed by high-grade rock chips of up to 2.5% Li2O and 2.2% Li2O, respectively (Figure 1).2

Charger’s Managing Director, Aidan Platel, commented:

“The discovery of this high-grade spodumene-bearing pegmatite outcrop is exciting and highlights the prospectivity of our Lake Johnston Lithium Project. The fact we have three pegmatite outcrops with visual spodumene and confirmed high grade lithium assays along a 1.2km trend suggests the potential for large-scale lithium mineralisation, in close proximity to our Medcalf Spodumene Prospect where earlier this year we drilled a swarm of high-grade spodumene bearing pegmatite veins over a strike of 700m.

This new trend of pegmatites is obviously a high priority target and will be incorporated into the upcoming drill programmes at Medcalf.”

Figure 1. Location and rock chip sample results from a 1.2km trend of spodumene-bearing pegmatites to the southwest of the Medcalf Spodumene Prospect.4

Photograph 1. Pegmatite outcrop containing spodumene crystals (rectangular pale grey; visually estimated at 40-50 vol%) in a strong shear foliation; assayed at 4.19% Li2O.

Permitting is continuing for planned drill programmes at the Lake Johnston Lithium Project. A Program of Works (PoW) has been approved for infill and extensional diamond drilling at the Medcalf Spodumene Prospect, which also includes the northeastern -most pegmatite of the new trend.

Aboriginal Heritage surveys are planned for December that will cover the rest of the new pegmatite trend as well as the Mt Gordon Prospect, as are targeted environmental surveys.


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Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 , of US$2,012.7 million ( US$7.05 per ADR), a decrease of approximately 48.5% from US$3,906.3 million ( US$13.68 per ADR) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 .

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SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos , stated: "Our fourth quarter 2023 results reflected record-high sales volumes in lithium business and increased sales volumes in iodine and potassium business lines when compared to the previous quarter and the same period last year. Despite a downturn in lithium market prices when compared to the previous year, our focus on operational efficiency and ability to successfully execute capacity expansion projects have facilitated notable production growth in lithium and iodine businesses over the past year. While we continue with our expansions in Chile and expect our lithium carbonate capacity to reach 210,000 metric tons during the first quarter of this year, we also celebrated first production of spodumene concentrate at our Mt. Holland operation site during the fourth quarter of 2023. In the iodine business, as a result of successful start-up of Pampa Blanca operation, record-high production volumes were achieved during the year, reconfirming SQM´s position as industry leader with ability to deliver growth ahead of competition."

He continued by saying: "As we enter into 2024, we anticipate another robust year of growth in lithium market, with global demand increasing by at least 20%, supported by electric vehicle sales growth globally and increasing demand for battery materials. However, the excess in lithium and battery materials capacity seen during last year is expected to continue during this year, keeping pressure on lithium market prices. We expect our average lithium prices to remain relatively stable throughout the year and our sales volumes to increase slightly during this year, subject to market conditions and any changes in supply-demand balance."

He finished by saying: "In December last year, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Codelco to jointly develop the Salar Futuro project and sustainably operate in the Salar de Atacama beyond 2030. Together with the communities, we are working on the definitive documentation in the upcoming months and will inform the market once this process is concluded. Last year, SQM was included into both DJSI World and Emerging Markets indices, several years ahead of our internal goal. This is the result of ongoing work and our commitments to increase the transparency and sustainability of our operations."

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The capex for 2024 is expected to be approximately US$1.3 billion , including maintenance.

About SQM

SQM is a global company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Santiago Stock Exchange (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A). SQM develops and produces diverse products for several industries essential for human progress, such as health, nutrition, renewable energy and technology through innovation and technological development. We aim to maintain our leading world position in the lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and thermo-solar salts markets.

For further information, contact:

Gerardo Illanes / gerardo.illanes@sqm.com
Irina Axenova  / irina.axenova@sqm.com
Isabel Bendeck / isabel.bendeck@sqm.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Maria Ignacia Lopez / ignacia.lopez@sqm.com
Pablo Pisani / pablo.pisani@sqm.com

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Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are estimates that reflect the best judgment of SQM management based on currently available information. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements, including our ability to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Plan. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by SQM with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 20-F, which identifies other important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to SQM on the date hereof and SQM assumes no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

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