JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – TSX-listed Advantage Lithium and its joint venture partner, Nevada Sunrise Gold, announced on Tuesday that a drilling programme had begun at their Clayton North East (NE) property, which borders Albemarle's Silver Peak lithium brine production operation in Clayton Valley, Nevada.
Montana-based O'Keefe Drilling has been contracted to drill, by reverse-circulation equipment, 4 500 ft in three holes that will focus on high-priority lithium brine targets close to the Silver Peak mine and near several of Albemarle's production wells.
"In line with our strategy of growth, we are pleased to be starting our first drilling programme at Clayton NE, which benefits from both its geology and its proximity to Albemarle's lithium production wells, as well as our access to water rights in the region," said Advantage Lithium president and director Dave Sidoo.
In September 2016, an 11-line-kilometre Volterra three-dimensional resistivity ground geophysical survey successfully imaged highly conductive zones at Clayton NE.
These zones were interpreted as brine formations and extended to the survey limit of about 800 m depth.
The north-east-trending Angel Island fault appears to bound the conductive horizons parallel and close to the eastern claim boundary at Clayton NE.