Galan Lithium Limited

Key Canadian Lithium Project Acquisitions James Bay Province, Québec And Northwest Ontario

Galan Lithium Limited (ASX: GLN) (Galan or the Company) is pleased to announce it has entered into an exclusive binding agreement to acquire 100% of the Camaro-Taiga-Hellcat property blocks collectively covering 5,187 hectares located in the world-class James Bay Lithium Province, host to several advanced lithium projects and new lithium discoveries in Quebec, Canada. The Joint venture also includes an option to acquire 1,415 hectares in Ontario’s Electric Avenue near the Frontier Lithium’s PAK Lithium Project.


Highlights

  • Galan has entered into a binding JV agreement with Redstone Resources Limited (as JV manager) to acquire 100% of the Taiga, Camaro, and Hellcat Lithium Projects in the heart of the James Bay lithium province.
  • Initial exploration in the James Bay Projects completed by Axiom Exploration Group Ltd identified 28 prospective pegmatite dykes.
  • James Bay Projects cover 5,187 hectares adjacent to Patriot Battery Metals Inc (TSX.V:PMET) discovery – Taiga and Camaro both share tenement boundaries with PMET.
  • PMET’s CV8 pegmatite, with samples averaging 4.6% Li2O, is located 1.4 km north of the Taiga Project and PMET’s newly-discovered CV13 pegmatite cluster is located 1.5 km north of the Camaro Project.
  • Galan and Redstone Resources Limited have also entered into a JV agreement to secure an option to acquire 100% of the PAK East and PAK Southeast Lithium Project in Ontario’s Electric Avenue.
  • PAK Projects cover agreements over 1,415 hectares in Ontario and are adjacent to Frontier Lithium Inc’s (TSX.V:FL) PAK Lithium Project
  • Frontier Lithium Inc’s PAK Lithium project contains North America’s highest- grade lithium resource and is the second largest in North America by size
  • With these acquisitions Galan continues to build a quality exploration portfolio including in world class lithium provinces, renowned for Tier 1 lithium discoveries.

All projects (see Figure 1) will be housed within a 50/50 unincorporated joint venture with ASX-listed Redstone Resources Ltd (ASX:RDS) (Redstone).

Commenting on the lithium acquisitions and joint venture with Redstone, Galan’s Managing Director Jian Pablo (JP) Vargas de la Vega said:

“Galan is very pleased to invest in the world renowned James Bay Lithium district in Québec, Canada. In Joint Venture with Redstone, who will be the manager. Galan is very experienced in lithium exploration and looks forward to the Joint Venture initiating exploration in the region. Securing an option in a premier lithium district of North-West Ontario also pleasing to Galan. Both projects are low entry cost ventures into Canada.

The JV projects are of quality and situated nearby excellent lithium discoveries, with the James Bay Lithium Projects being adjacent to the Patriot Battery Metals high-grade CV8 pegmatite discovery, and the PAK Lithium Projects situated in Ontario's Electric Avenue area.

Securing a prospective position in two premier lithium exploration global hotspots is value accretive and complements our exploration efforts in Greenbushes South in Western Australia to create further value for shareholders in parallel with our development and production lithium brine assets in Argentina.”

Figure 1 - Location of the joint JV Projects between Redstone Resources and Galan Lithium Limited. The PAK projects are located in Northwest Ontario, while the Taiga-Hellcat-Camaro projects are located in James Bay, Quebec, Canada

James Bay Lithium Projects - Taiga, Camaro and Hellcat

The 5,187-hectare James Bay Lithium Projects are located adjacent to Patriot Battery Metals’ Corvette Property in the James Bay Region of Quebec, approximately 235 kilometres east of Radisson, Quebec and 245 kilometres northeast of the Cree village municipality of Nemaska. The James Bay Lithium Projects contain three property blocks: Taiga, Camaro, and Hellcat. These projects cover 3,850 hectares and are adjacent to Patriot Battery Metals’ (TSX.V:PMET) Corvette Lithium discovery in James Bay. PMET’s CV8 pegmatite is one of the finest new hard rock lithium discoveries, with grab samples averaging 4.6% Li2O, and is located only 1.4 km north of the Taiga Project, and PMET’s newly-discovered CV13 pegmatite cluster is located 1.5 km north of the Camaro Project (See Figure 2).

Geology

Three primary ingredients have been identified in the industry as necessary for spodumene-bearing pegmatite emplacement: 1) Nearby granites, providing a source for melts; 2) Greenstone belts, acting as host rocks; and 3) large-scale structural features acting as conduits for the melts. The Taiga, Camaro and Hellcat properties in James Bay contain all three ingredients and multiple high-value exploration targets.

Figure 2 - Location of the Taiga-Camaro-Hellcat properties in James Bay. Figure highlights PMET’s recently reported LCT Pegmatite Occurrences. Blue, Pink and Purple stars indicate samples collected by Axiom Exploration within the TCH tenements.

Taiga and Camaro Projects

These properties are situated in the Meso-Archean to Paleoproterozoic La Grande Subprovince of the Superior Provence. The Corvette Pegmatite series is hosted in the Mesoarchean Guyer Grupe, which is dominantly a meta-basalt (greenstone). The Taiga and Camaro projects are underlain by the Poste Le Moyne and Langelier plutons, respectively. The Camaro project is hosted in the Semonville Pluton with local windows of the Rouget Formation metabasalt. Properties are hosted in hornblende biotite diorite, quartz-rich diorite, biotite hornblende tonalite, granodiorite, granite, conglomerate, wacke, and amphibolite. Pegmatite dykes range from cm-scale irregular anatectic sweats to locally 5m wide dykes traced up to 200 m in length. The dykes are comprised of plagioclase feldspar, potassium feldspar, quartz, and minor biotite with local tourmaline and muscovite.


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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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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
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For media inquiries, contact:

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