Lithium One Inc.

Lithium One Inc.

June 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Lithium One Engages Engineering Firm to Complete PEA on Sal de Vida Lithium and Potash Brine Project

VANCOUVER, CANADA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) -Lithium One Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LI), is pleased to announce that independent engineering firm ARA Worley Parsons ("ARA") has been retained to complete the NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment report ("PEA") for the Sal de Vida Lithium-Potash brine project in Argentina. ARA is a leading full-service engineering services firm with offices throughout Latin America. ARA's experience in the sector includes the design and construction of many components of the world's largest and lowest cost lithium-potash brine processing facility in Chile.

The Sal de Vida PEA will model the economics of a conventional evaporation recovery circuit for lithium and potash. Lithium One has already benefitted from the guidance and expertise of leading consulting engineers and scientists, such as:

  • Jerome Lukes - Process Engineer. Helped develop the evaporation recovery system at SQM´s operations at Salar de Atacama
  • ACSI – Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy backgrounds with major cost engineering, project management and process development experience on base metal and lithium projects
  • Raul Diaz – Argentina based mechanical engineer with extensive field operations experience, including the first development of the Salar de Rio Grande sodium sulphate project in Argentina
  • Hazen Research – A leading metallurgical and testing laboratory with experience in solvent extraction with brines at Salar de Atacama

The engineering and process work completed to date has laid a strong foundation for the PEA and the feasibility study. The Company has progressed several aspects of the Sal de Vida project in parallel, including: resource delineation, pilot plant operation and process refinement, environmental and community baseline studies and pumping tests. This multi-pronged approach will facilitate timely delivery of the PEA and related NI 43-101 report, which are both expected to be completed during the third quarter.

Lithium One CEO, Paul Matysek commented, "We are pleased to be nearing the completion of our PEA only two years after acquiring the Sal de Vida Project. Our results to date have been outstanding and we expect a robust economic model will be delivered by ARA. This work will put us in a position to move rapidly through the completion of the feasibility study in the first half of 2012 and we remain on track for our goal of delivering the first lithium and potash products from Sal de Vida in 2015, when strong growth in the lithium market is forecast."

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 funded through feasibility by earn-in partners: the Sal de Vida lithium and potash brine project in Argentina and the James Bay bulk tonnage spodumene project in Quebec. The Sal de Vida project is one of the largest and the highest-grade lithium and potash brine projects in the world, with an NI 43-101 inferred resource(i) of 5.4 M tonnes of Lithium Carbonate equivalent and 21 M tonnes of Potash equivalent (1,470M m3 at 695 mg/L Li and 7590 mg/L K). KORES, LG International and GS Caltex are earning a maximum 30% project equity in Sal de Vida by funding the feasibility study expected in less than twelve months and providing an off-take agreement for up to 50% of the lithium production. 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

The reader is cautioned that mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

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(i) For details please see the NI 43-101 Inferred Resource Estimate report dated April 25, 2011, filed on SEDAR.

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