Vancouver, British Columbia, January 26th, 2023 – EMP Metals Corp. (CSE: EMPS)(OTCQB: EMPPF) (“EMP Metals” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce positive results from the recently completed flow test of its second test well, 14-36-009-13W2/0, in the Mansur permit area located in southeast Saskatchewan (Figure 1). Third-party laboratory testing returned lithium concentrations in the Duperow formation up to 148 mg/l.1
The flow test confirmed high lithium concentrations ranging from 77 to 148 mg/l within 3 zones targeted for future development within the Duperow beds (Figure 2).
The Wymark C zone tested 147 to 148 mg/l from a 11.6 m thick zone with average porosity of 10.4%.
The Wymark E zone tested 101 to 106 mg/l from a 4.9 m thick zone with average porosity of 12.7%.
The Wymark B zone tested 77 mg/l from a 16.9m thick zone with average porosity of 13.8%.
Detailed Test Results:
These results now allow for the development of a four layer lithium brine project with brine concentrations expected in the 77 to 148 mg/l range. The Company expects to develop the four individual zones utilizing horizontal wellbores.
Rob Gamley, CEO of EMP Metals, commented, “The Company is excited to have the opportunity to develop one of the highest concentration brine accumulations within Canada. The test results of this second well confirm the high lithium concentrations and resource potential identified during the testing of our first well. Lithium concentrations at 100 to 148 mg/l in combination with having no H2S or oilfield contaminants, and a relatively shallow depth of 1800m, should give this project a distinct competitive advantage with respect to capital costs and operating costs per tonne.”
The Company is currently finalizing an 43-101 resource report for the area which is expected to be completed within Q1, 2023. In parallel with that the Company has begun working on the development plan and PEA which it hopes to have complete early in Q2 of 2023. Towards that
goal the Company is currently working with a third party Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology provider who is running the Company brine through pilot testing during Q1 of 2023 in
order to finalize the process flow and costing required for a complete Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).
Mr. Gamley stated, “We are very pleased with the continued strong results from the Mansur Project area which has clear potential for development of the 56 sections (35,840 acres of land).”
The Company continues to work on testing and evaluation of its Viewfield area, 35 miles southeast of Mansur, where the Company has an additional 74 sections (47,360 acres of land). In total the Company has over 200,000 acres of lithium rights within the Duperow lithium fairway in Saskatchewan.
Lithium Brine Properties Joint Venture
The lithium brine properties consist of 37 permits totalling 212,633 acres (86,050 hectares) of Subsurface Crown Mineral Dispositions within the Duperow lithium fairway in Saskatchewan.
EMP Metals holds 75% of the joint venture with ROK Resources Inc. (ROK.V) holding the balance.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Greg Bronson, P. Geo., a qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101.
1 Independent laboratory testing was conducted by Isobrine Solutions (Edmonton, Alberta)
About EMP Metals
EMP Metals is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of mineral projects with significant development potential. Its current portfolio of lithium brine properties consists of 37 permits totaling 212,633 acres (86,050 hectares) of Subsurface Crown Mineral Dispositions in the Williston basin of Southern Saskatchewan. Brine sampling of a vertical wellbore located on one of the properties returned lithium concentrations in the Duperow formation up to 148 mg/l. For more information, please go to the Company’s website at www.empmetals.com.
Rob Gamley, President & CEO
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