Vancouver, British Columbia, May 23, 2023 – United Lithium Corp. (“United” or the “Company”) (CSE: ULTH; OTC: ULTHF; FWB: 0ULA) is pleased to announce that it continues to make lithium pegmatite discoveries at the Bergby Lithium Project (“Bergby” or the “Project”). Bergby is a 100% owned, district-scale, hard rock lithium project covering 10,828 hectares (“ha”) near the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia in Central Sweden. The Project area is characterized by LCT (lithium-cesium-tantalum enriched-type) granitic pegmatites. The final set of core assay results from the 2022 drilling campaign have now been received and evaluated. The 2023 drilling program, comprising 4,000 metres (“m”) of core drilling, is ongoing with initial results pending.
Highlights of the 2022 Drilling:
- 1,200 m of total lithium-bearing pegmatite strike length across three mineralized trends on the Project.
- Two new lithium rich pegmatites discovered, notable results include:
- 1.34% Li2O over 47.75 m (BBY21069)*
- 1.1% Li2O over 11.11 m (BBY21071)
- 0.91% Li2O over 13.45 m (BBY21072)
- 1.21% Li2O over 8.63m (BBY22075)
- Ongoing 4,000 m drill program with initial assay results pending.
*Previously disclosed result
Scott Eldridge, President, CEO stated: “Our drilling and exploration work continues to identify new discoveries at Bergby. The 2022 drill campaign has confirmed that the Project hosts a lithium rich pegmatite field where we continue to explore for and discover new areas of lithium mineralization. The new areas were identified by systematic mapping, sampling and interpretation of abundant boulder trains, a process which has proven to be a very effective exploration methodology.”
“The infrastructure at Bergby is unparalleled, with year-round access to port, rail and power. The Project continues to demonstrate the potential to provide Europe with domestic lithium feedstock in the future. We look forward to unlocking the potential of our Bergby property through additional drilling and exploration work through the summer and fall.”
Drill Campaign Summary:
The 2022 Bergby Drill Program comprised 6,266 m in 61 holes completed between November 2021 and December 2022. Drilling results from this program identified two new lithium pegmatite discoveries (at areas B and C – See Figure 1 below). Lying 750 to 1,200 m northwest and west, respectively, of the original Bergby lithium pegmatite outcrop discovery, which was drilled in 2017 (lithium bearing pegmatite A), the sites were originally identified from boulder mapping and sampling. This further highlights the potential at Bergby for more near surface discoveries. Drilling results to date at Bergby have identified more than 1,200 m of lithium-bearing pegmatite strike length across three mineralized trends on the Project. The Company has yet to test multiple additional lithium-bearing outcrops.
Area B in Figure 1 shows the mineralization first identified in hole BBY21169, which intersected 47.75 m of 1.34% Li2O from 2.25 m beneath shallow soil cover. The continuity of mineralization is interpreted from this and nearby holes (BBY21071, BBY21073 and BBY21069) that intersected lithium pegmatite at a low angle to dip. True thickness is approximately 10 m. A summary of drill holes intersecting this lithium bearing pegmatite is presented in Table 1. Current drilling is following up on these results and United is drill testing three new areas of outcrop for the first time.
Figure 1: Geology Map showing the location of lithium bearing pegmatites A, B and C as well as drill holes and barren pegmatites.
Area C in Figure 1 shows United’s newly discovered pegmatite outcrop consisting of multiple parallel spodumene- bearing pegmatites. Additional drilling on this target is planned for later in the summer of 2023. Table 1 lists the lithium values in pegmatite at this new discovery area which is part of a package of lithium pegmatites approximately 100 m thick and extending over a strike length of approximately 100 m defined so far.
Table 1: 2022 Assay Results Summary of Mineralized Drill Intercepts
|Drill Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Width (m)||Li2O (%)||Ta2O5 (ppm)|
*Note: Holes not included in table had no significant mineralization. Intercepts are down hole lengths and may not represent true widths.
United’s field team log and sample all drill core samples in a secure core facility at the company’s operations building in Norrsundet, about 5 km from the Project area. Core samples are cut in half longitudinally using a diamond cutting saw, and half cores submitted to ALS Ltd. (“ALS”) facilities in Pitea, Sweden for preparation. Certified reference standards and blanks are routinely inserted into the sample stream as part of United Lithium’s quality control/quality assurance program (“QA/QC”). The samples are then forwarded for analysis to the ALS facilities in Loughrea, Ireland, an accredited mineral analytical laboratory (ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015), for analysis using the ME-MS89L technique with analyzes for 53 elements and is appropriate for lithium-mineralized pegmatites.
No QA/QC issues were noted with the results reported herein. The Company’s Qualified Person is of the opinion that the sample preparation, analytical, and security procedures followed are sufficient and reliable. The Company is not aware of any drilling, sampling, recovery, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data reported herein. All drill intercepts reported are down-hole core lengths.
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Robert Schafer, Registered Professional Geologist, Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects. Mr. Schafer is a Director and Consultant to the Company.
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About United Lithium Corp.
United Lithium Corp. (CSE: ULTH) is an exploration & development company energized by the global demand for lithium. The Company is targeting 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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