United Lithium Increases Land Package by 20,000 Hectares, Drill Results Pending at Kietyönmäki Project, Finland
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — United Lithium Corp. (CSE: ULTH; OTC: ULTHF; FWB: 0ULA) (“United” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has increased its land position at the Kietyönmäki Project (the “Project”) in Finland by approximately 20,000 hectares (“ha”). A new claim reservation was made approximately 6 km southeast of the main Kietyönmäki tenure, covering one known lithium-caesium-tantalum (“LCT”) pegmatite with historical sampling of 2% Li2O. This area is highly prospective for further LCT pegmatite discoveries. The Main Dyke, within the original 900 ha Kietyönmäki parcel, historically returned strong drill results encouraging United to increase its holdings in the region. The Company expects to release the final results from the 2022-2023 drilling program at Kietyönmäki in the coming weeks.
- New claim reservation made over the area with a known LCT-pegmatite that is highly prospective for further discoveries, increasing the total size of the project to more than 21,000 ha;
- 13 diamond drill holes completed with assay results pending, anticipated to be released shortly;
- Previous operators’ historical diamond drilling results include:
- 1.53% Li2O over 23 m drilled by the Finnish Geological Survey (“GTK”)
- 1.10% Li2O over 42 m by previous operator Avalon Minerals Ltd. (“Avalon”);
- Commencement of district scale expanded exploration activity; and
- Finland has proven to be a top jurisdiction to explore for and develop hard-rock lithium projects, with noted success of the Keliber Lithium Project now in the construction phase.
Scott Eldridge, United’s President and CEO stated: “We are pleased to substantially increase our exploration ground in Finland by adding an additional 20,000 hectares creating a district scale project. Historical reports document lithium showings within the new claim boundaries. Finland has demonstrated that it hosts lithium deposits that can be developed. We are encouraged by the success of Keliber and the backing they have received from Sibanye-Stillwater with a total investment of 440 million Euros to obtain 80% ownership in their project. This valuation shows the importance of European lithium projects, and our shareholders are well positioned in the Nordics, with district scale opportunities in both Finland and Sweden.”
Drill Program Update
United anticipates the results from the 2022-2023 drill program comprised of 13 diamond drill holes (1,449.60 m) and 100 shallow exploration percussion drill holes (296.40 m) to be released in the coming weeks. The diamond drilling program aimed to complete both infill and expansion drilling on the Main Dyke, whereas the percussion drilling targeted discovery outside the Main Dyke area.
The new claim reservation comprises 20,170 ha (approximately 200 square kilometres (“km”)) 6.1 km to the southeast of the main Kietyönmäki exploration permit area (see Figure 1 below). This region was acquired because there are known lithium and tungsten-bearing pegmatites here and the structure interpreted to be associated with the emplacement of the Main Dyke extends into this area. Further, this region is relatively under-explored, easily accessible and has known S-type granites on the property. The known Li-bearing occurrence, Mikkola, was identified and sampled in the 1980’s by a company active in the area at the time and returned 2% Li2O from a 5-10 m wide body. Geologically, this area is highly prospective for identifying new LCT pegmatites. United will conduct an initial field prospecting and outcrop sampling program on the high priority areas on the new ground with the goal of identifying drill targets. Areas that are most highly prospective will be converted to an exploration permit area at the appropriate time.
Figure 1: Location of new claim reservation for the Kietyönmäki Project.
Geology and Work History
The Kietyönmäki Project is situated within the Häme belt which comprises mainly amphibolites and mica gneisses intercalated with greywackes and metapelites of the Forssa Volcanic Suite (1.9-1.7 billion years old). The succession has been metamorphosed and was intruded by gabbros, diorites, granodiorites, tonalites and the youngest magmatic rocks, K-granites as well as pegmatites. The Kietyönmäki dyke swarm is composed of several petalite and spodumene-bearing pegmatite dykes, the largest being the Main Dyke. There is sporadic thin till cover and boulder occurrences across the Project.
United acquired the Project in early 2022 (see news release dated February 14, 2022) via a transaction with a consortium to purchase 83.6% of the issued and outstanding share capital of the private entity, Litiumlöydös Oy, which holds a 100% interest in the licenses that comprise the Project. Following the completion of this transaction, the Company expanded the Project by 535 ha (see news release September 14, 2022), bringing the total land package to 900 ha. In 2023, United acquired the new claim reservation over a new parcel located 6.1 km to the southeast of Kietyönmäki, referred to as Salkola, covering 20,170 ha, bringing the total size of the Project to 21,070 ha.
The lithium-bearing pegmatites at Kietyönmäki were discovered in the mid-1980’s by the Finnish Geological Survey (“GTK”). Their work identified the pegmatite dyke swarm there. The survey conducted an initial test of the largest body, the Main Dyke, drilling 17 diamond drill holes (734 m), channel sampling along nine profile lines and running a ground magnetic survey. Diamond drilling was completed along three sections and was shallow, penetrating no deeper than 70 m depth below surface. They drill-defined the Main Dyke, identifying a 20 m width and approximately 50 m length, extending to 120 m length with the addition of their channel sampling results. Some notable drilling results include 1.31% Li2O over 24.25 m from 58.75 m depth down hole (hole R310); 1.66% Li2O over 13 m from 86.00 m depth down hole (hole R316); and 1.53% Li2O over 23 m from 14.10 m depth down hole (hole R307).
In 2016, previous operator Avalon, completed six diamond drill holes (1,172 m total) which further tested the Main Dyke along the same section lines that GTK had drilled (infill drilling). The most significant intersection was 1.10% Li2O over 42 m from 17.88 m depth down hole (hole KMDD001).
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Cathy Fitzgerald, M.Sc., P.Geo., United’s Executive Vice President, Exploration. Ms. Fitzgerald is a registered professional geologist in British Columbia and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects.
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United Lithium Corp. (CSE: ULTH; OTC: ULTHF; FWB: 0ULA) is an exploration & development company energized by the global demand for lithium. The Company is targeting hard-rock lithium projects in politically safe jurisdictions with advanced infrastructure that allows for rapid and cost-effective exploration, development, and production opportunities.
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