Reedy Lagoon starts drilling for brine at Columbus Salt Marsh
Lithium developer, Reedy Lagoon (ASX:RLC) today announced it has begun drilling operations for lithium brine at its Columbus Salt Marsh project, which is situated near North America’s only producing lithium brine operation.
The Columbus Salt Marsh project is one of three lithium brine projects located in Nevada, USA, which are wholly owned by RLC.
The company is an early adopter of new regulations introduced in Nevada at the beginning of the year, and the company’s first hole, CB-1, has permit number W001 — the first Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Well Permit granted in Nevada.
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The drill rig is on site and following set up of the collar pipe to 350 feet (106 metres), core drilling to the 1,000-metre planned depth will then proceed.
The drill program will investigate a highly conductive zone extending from 600 metres to more than 1,000 metres below surface, as shown in the MT Survey profile below.
The planned program includes hydrological testing to establish aquifer and brine extraction parameters, as well as brine composition analysis.
According to RLC, further reporting of results from the drilling will be released with expected progress as follows:
- Drill and core sample to target 1,000 metres depth — estimated 30 days drilling time
- Sample and pump test selected aquifers — estimated two weeks
- Assays from core samples — expected four weeks from sample delivery
- Assays from brine samples — expected four weeks from sample delivery
- Metallurgical studies on the brine samples will be considered if sufficient brine volumes, flow rates and compositions indicate potential for commercial development.
Once drilling and test-work have been completed, RLC has the option of capping the drill hole and maintaining it as a “monitoring well”, which can then be converted to a producing well.