Alset Energy secures drilling permit for La Salada lithium project, Mexico

23 March 2017 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2017 18:30)

Alset Energy has been awarded the necessary permit to start drilling operations at its La Salada lithium project near Zacatecas, Mexico.

Alset Energy has been awarded the necessary permit to start drilling operations at its La Salada lithium project near Zacatecas, Mexico.

The company received the drilling permit after completing an environmental report of the property.

Currently, Alset Energy is recruiting drill crews and site personnel as it intends to start drilling from early next month.

Alset Energy president and CEO Allan Barry Laboucan said: "This work will form the first part of our exploration programme on the lithium salars near Zacatecas, Mexico.

“The La Salada salar has seen significant historical work and our own chemical analysis and leaching tests are guiding our drilling and sampling programme.

“We are very excited about the ability to now generate our own samples to better understand the lithium potential of the salar and to determine its depth extent.

“This drilling and sampling programme will give us new material for leaching tests and to help direct our future development of this lithium and potassium bearing salar.”

"This drilling and sampling programme will give us new material for leaching tests and to help direct our future development of this lithium and potassium bearing salar."

As well as drilling, Alset Energy will start a shallow subsurface sampling programme, which will help to analyse geochemistry and deportment of lithium in subsurface soils at this property.

The study will also assist in evaluating the depth and chemistry of potential brine of the La Salada salar.

In the drilling programme, the company has planned to drill two holes initially that will evaluate the depth to bedrock and brine potential.

The drilling will also collect samples, which will be sent for geochemical analysis to analyse the vertical distribution of lithium and geochemical nature of the salar at depth.

Alset Energy has also planned to conduct a subsurface sampling programme on a 100m grid across the entire salar.

The main focus of this programme is to identify the near surface chemical composition of the salar infill material and its lithium potential.

Furthermore, the company will also resample some locations of the historical grid sampling carried out at the property to confirm the previous drilling results.