South American-focused explorer Galan Lithium (ASX: GLN) has announced “exceptional” preliminary assay results from a maiden drill hole at the Pata Pila lithium target, within the Western Basin projects on Argentina’s Hombre Muerto salar.
Exploration drilling commenced at the Pata Pila and Rana del Sal project areas last month for a total 14 holes and 5 water bores over an 18 month period.
The program is designed to target highly-conductive anomalies recorded in ground geophysical surveys completed last September.
Early stage activities have encountered multiple brine zones up to 258 metres thickness and was completed at 718m after encountering basement at a depth of 713m.
Preliminary results from four samples returned consistent, high grades in excess of 900 milligrams per litre lithium with low impurity levels.
The grades are believed to be amongst the highest ever reported from an Argentinian brine project.
Further samples taken to the end of the maiden hole reported heavy brines with high specific gravity values and conductivities.
Double packer tests will be undertaken following downhole geophysics which is currently underway.
Today’s announcement follows reports that Galan intercepted several heavy brine bearing aquifers at Pata Pila earlier this month.
Pata Pila covers a large alluvial fan along the western margin of the Hombre Muerto salar.
Its geophysical profile shows an upper, horizontal conductive layer over 2 kilometres being compatible with geological units interpreted to contain brines.
Managing director Juan Pablo Vargas de la Vega said maiden results prove Galan could be sitting on another promising development.
“[These grades] indicate that Pata Pila has the potential to be one of the highest‐grade lithium brine projects in the world,” he said.
“We are confident we have the potential to increase our lithium resource inventory beyond the Candelas project.”
The Candelas lithium brine project is located in the south-east region of Galan’s Hombre Muerto tenements in the Catamarca province.
The project is on track for delivery of a maiden resource estimate later this year.