The Clayton Valley lithium deposit is a salty groundwater (brine) with high levels of lithium contained in a series of aquifers. The brine is ‘mined’ by drilling boreholes into the aquifers and pumping the brine to surface for lithium removal.
Brine is generally accepted as the lowest cost type of lithium resource to process. Pure Energy’s intention is to utilize innovative process technologies to recover and produce low-cost, high-quality lithium products.
- 21st Century Process Technology versus the “Conventional Evaporation Processes”
- Potential Recovery >90% vs <50%
- Independent of weather and climate
- Significantly shortens time to market – months to hours
- Smaller environmental footprint
- Predicted lower capital costs to build the plant (capex)
and lower operating costs (opex)
The lithium brines are hosted within unconsolidated sediments (gravel, sand, silt, etc.) that infill the extensive and deep basin beneath Pure Energy’s claim area. To date, Pure Energy has encountered lithium-bearing brines from approximately 130 metres (450 ft) below ground level, down to approximately 600 metres (2,000 ft) below ground level in the northern portion of the property. Geophysics suggests that similar brine-bearing formations encountered so far during drilling and other attractive host horizons extend to much greater depths within the basin (up to 1,500 m or 5,000 ft).
- Paved highway and well-maintained county road to project
- Existing nearby electrical substation
- Midway between Las Vegas & Reno
- Located at an elevation of 1,320m (4,400 ft), site is accessible 365 days of the year
- 4 hours drive to site of Gigafactory