Galan Lithium (ASX: GLN) has completed its first drill hole at Pata Pila with visual inspection of cuttings revealing encouraging results.
The first bore hole was drilled to 220m and will soon be cased.
Galan noted “excellent recovery” of cuttings for the entire hole, which have revealed a highly detailed stratigraphy down hole.
Drilling intercepted 40m of unconsolidated conglomerates and interbeds of silt and clay, with the discovery expected to impact positively on future resource estimates.
Galan managing director Juan Pablo Vargas de la Vega said the initial drill results have opened up even more potential for volumes and flow rates at Pata Pila.
“It is very exciting to say the least,” he added.
Advancing Hombre Muerto West
Pata Pila is part of Galan’s wider Hombre Muerto West project in Argentina and lies over large alluvial fan areas adjacent to NYSE-listed Livent Corporation’s tenure.
This latest hole at Pata Pila was designed to be used for pumping tests to build Galan’s hydrogeological models that will comprise part of the reserve estimates for Hombre Muerto West.
Galan is planning to undertake a general passive seismic survey at Hombre Muerto West to complement the drill hole lithology logs.
“The goal is to produce high fidelity models of the stratigraphy to ensure we have the highest possible quality resource/reserve estimations,” the company stated.
Hombre Muerto West’s current resource total 2.3 million tonnes of lithium carbonate.
Galan aims to become a preferred supplier to the global battery sector and has appointed UK-based Circulor to help with building a blue-print that will provide full lithium traceability and environmental social and governance tracking for its proposed lithium carbonate products.
Circulor’s platform and technology will be implemented during the feasibility study at Hombre Muerto West and track samples from the pilot lithium carbonate plant through to a marketable product.
The technology will measure carbon dioxide intensity, water usage and energy mix.
Galan is well-funded to pursue its work at Hombre Muerto West after raising $50 million in August via a two tranche institutional placement.