Lithium One Inc.

Lithium One Inc.

January 19, 2012 12:55 ET

Lithium One Completes Resource Drilling at the Sal de Vida Lithium and Potash Project, Argentina


- Averaged Lithium and Potash grades are approximately 10% higher than those of the NI 43-101 resource previously announced

- Brine chemistry remains consistent with favourably low magnesium and sulphate concentrations

- New drill results will contribute to a reclassification and expansion of the resource in a new resource estimate.

VANCOUVER, CANADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2012) - Lithium One Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LI), is pleased to announce completion of the resource drilling phase for the Sal de Vida lithium and potash project at Salar del Hombre Muerto, Argentina (the "Project"). The final drilling results reported in Table 1 support the previous results in regards to favourable grade and chemistry and will be incorporated into an updated NI 43-101 resource statement to be announced shortly.

The final six core holes complete a 28-hole, 3,255m program of drilling. Holes were drilled at an average 2.5km grid spacing and provided solid samples for direct porosity measurements and depth-specific brine samples for chemical analysis. In addition the Company drilled nineteen mud-rotary holes (totalling 1,932m), one of which is being used as the source of brine for the pilot evaporation ponds and plant and thirteen for short-term pumping test wells together with two reverse-circulation drill holes to fill in the sampling grid.

This final drill campaign identified brine with lithium (Li) grades of between 295-1,199 milligrams per liter (mg/L) and potassium (K) grades in the range of 3,249-13,680 mg/L. The averaged grades of the newly identified brine are 768 mg/L Li and 8,302 mg/L K, approximately 10% higher than the grades of the reported inferred resource. The chemistry of the brine also continues to be very favourable; the magnesium to lithium (Mg:Li) ratio averages 2.58 and the sulphate to lithium (SO4:Li) ratio averages 10.80. Given the consistent chemistry and higher grades within the existing resource area, these drill holes are expected to improve the overall resource grade.

Lithium One CEO and Founder, Paul Matysek commented, "The Sal de Vida lithium and potash resource continues to yield consistent, high-grade, brine with favourable chemistry. Not only have we expanded the footprint of the resource in recent months, but we have drilled higher grades. We expect to upgrade the resource to include a NI 43101 compliant measured and indicated resource and a larger global resource shortly."

Table 1: Summary of Drill Results from Sal de Vida Project, Argentina
Sample Total Hole
Hole no. Intervals Start End Interval Depth Li K Mg:Li SO4:Li
(m) (m) (m) (m) (mg/l) (mg/l)
SVH11_23 16 12.89 113.1 100.92 113.10 Mean 792 9419 2.47 12.02
Max 1003 11420
Min 334 4336
SVH11_24 24 52.16 194.54 142.38 195.45 Mean 768 6942 2.05 11.22
Max 908 8295
Min 493 4157
SVH11_25 16 59.72 155.77 96.05 155.77 Mean 709 7901 3.15 11.15
Max 868 10025
Min 295 3249
SVH11_26 18 32.29 139.09 106.8 139.09 Mean 820 9207 2.99 11.30
Max 1199 13680
Min 470 5684
SVH11_27 5 65.94 136.38 70.44 137.31 Mean 803 9376 2.75 8.26
Max 856 9980
Min 644 7508
SVH11_28 5 41.58 79.77 38.19 95.62 Mean 658 7944 2.01 9.65
Max 800 9351
Min 585 7413
Central basin core holes 23-28 average
chemistry n=84 768 8302 2.58 10.80

The recent drilling maintained the pattern of sampling core for porosity determinations at 10m intervals, varying slightly depending on drilling conditions. The porosity results for this latest drilling reinforce the patterns seen throughout the drill program. The effective porosity varies throughout the section, but is controlled by the dominant lithology. The sandy units are consistently porous and sometimes contain coarse-grained intervals that yield very high porosity. The halite is less porous but contains fractures and dissolution zones with enhanced porosity.

The halite zone is found in only two of these most recent holes. The buried halite of Hombre Muerto typically has a low drainable porosity, but occasional fracture or dissolution zones yield high brine flow. In hole SVH11_26, drainable porosities in the halite range from 2.6 - 10.2 percent, with one zone at 20.2 percent. Likewise, in core hole SVH11_23, one test in the halite yielded 5.8 percent with another at 23.7 percent drainable porosity.

The lower, sand-dominated section is typically more variable as demonstrated in the following table. In general, Company geologists have noted high porosity zones at the lower halite - sand interface and in porous carbonate (travertine) zones lower in the section. The host aquifers appear to extend below the section sampled by drilling, so the resource is primarily limited at depth by data collection. See the NI 43-101 technical reports on the company website or on SEDAR for further discussion of porosity throughout the Sal de Vida resource.

Table 2: Porosities for the sand-dominated unit
Hole no. Drainable porosities Average
From (%) To (%)
SVH11_23 18.4 27.1 24.9
SVH11_24 2.7 27.7 9.0
SVH11_25 2.8 23.4 8.9
SVH11_26 1.1 14.3 8.2
SVH11_27 2.3 5.3 4.7
SVH11_28 4.8 28.6 12.0

The liquid samples from Sal de Vida have been analyzed by Alex Stewart Assayers of Mendoza, Argentina by dilution and direct aspiration atomic absorption. Alex Stewart's Mendoza lab is accredited to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 for its geochemical and environmental labs for the preparation and analysis of different sample media, including waters and brines.

The porosity determinations were made by Core Laboratories of Houston, Texas. Core Laboratories has demonstrated that its Quality Management System is in compliance with certification to ISO 9000:2008 for providing state of the art petrophysical and geological analysis and interpretation of core samples from rock.

The Company maintains a systematic quality control program including the use of standards, blanks, duplicates, and an independent check laboratory. The performance of the quality control samples associated with these data indicates acceptable analytical quality. Please refer to the NI 43-101 Technical Report, which is filed on SEDAR and available on the Company's website, for further discussion of sample methodology, detailed quality control procedures and other information regarding the project.

Review by Qualified Person

The contents of this news release, analytical data, and quality control procedures have been reviewed and approved by Mr. Michael Rosko of Montgomery & Associates Water Resource Consultants (M&A). Mr. Rosko is a Registered Geologist in Arizona, California, and Texas and a qualified person (QP) as defined in NI 43-101. Mr. Rosko and M&A are completely independent of Lithium One, owning no securities of any kind in the Company.

About Lithium One:

Lithium One Inc. is well positioned to be a next-generation low cost producer of lithium and potash. The Company has two major projects advancing to feasibility in 2012: the Sal de Vida lithium and potash brine project in Argentina and the James Bay bulk tonnage spodumene project in Quebec. The October 2011 preliminary economic assessment by ARA Worley Parsons for the Sal de Vida project outlined an operation producing 25,000 tonnes pa lithium carbonate and 107,000 tonnes pa potash, with a 28% internal rate of return ("IRR") and a US$1.066 billion net present value ("NPV") at an 8% discount rate. End-user partners are earning a maximum 30% project equity in Sal de Vida by funding $15M towards feasibility, providing an off-take agreement for up to 50% of the lithium production, and providing a completion guarantee for the debt component of the capital development costs. Galaxy Resources is earning a maximum 70% project equity in the James Bay Project through an earn-in agreement that includes delivery of a feasibility study by early 2013. The Company's strategy is to draw upon its quality team and employ best practice to develop its projects into leading suppliers of low-cost, high quality lithium products to the global market.


Paul Matysek, Chief Executive Officer

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