LIFT Intersects 60 metres at 1.26% Li2O at the Fi Southwest Pegmatite and 30 metres at 1.13% Li2O at the Fi Main Pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT, Canada
August 21, 2023 – Vancouver, B.C., Li-FT Power Ltd. (“LIFT” or the “Company”) (CSE: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report assays from 18 drill holes completed at the Fi Southwest and Fi Main pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project (“YLP”) located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). Drilling has intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:
- YLP0006: 80 m at 0.87% Li2O, including 44 m at 1.14% Li2O (Fi Southwest)1
- YLP0007: 60 m at 1.26% Li2O, including 39 m at 1.38% Li2O (Fi Southwest)1
- YLP0011: 26 m at 1.22% Li2O, including 23 m at 1.37% Li2O (Fi Main)
- YLP0017: 30 m at 1.13% Li2O, including 23 m at 1.42% Li2O (Fi Main)
- YLP0023: 30 m at 1.10% Li2O, including 23 m at 1.33% Li2O (Fi Main)
1 Drilled down-dip due to access restriction.
Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “Fi Southwest continues to deliver high-grade spodumene over significant widths. Hole YLP0007 extends the strike length of spodumene mineralization to 335 metres. The first drill holes into the Fi Main pegmatite have delivered some excellent intersects as well. Spodumene percentages are in line with mapping that has been completed on surface. Our operational progress has been significant to date – we have drilled 117 holes into six different pegmatites and have submitted samples to the lab for assaying; results expected to be reported in batches over the coming weeks.”
Discussion of Drill Results
Holes YLP0006 and YLP0007 continued drill testing along a 540 metre-long central segment of the Fi Southwest dyke where spodumene makes up 15-25% of the rock at surface (Figure 2 and 3). The holes targeted under historical trenches of up to 37m of 1.37% Li2O and have confirmed spodumene mineralization to 50 metres below surface.
Holes YLP0008 to YLP0022 tested a 600 metre-long section of the Fi Main dyke where it contains 5-30% spodumene over its strike length (Figure 4 and 5). Drilling targeted zones beneath historical trenches of up to 21.9 metres of 1.34% Li2O, we have confirmed spodumene mineralization to 100m below surface exposures. The Fi Southwest and Fi Main drill holes have collectively tested 1,500 metres of strike length of the Fi dyke complex, confirming to a depth of approximately 100 metres, continuity of the spodumene mineralization that has been mapped and trenched on surface. Spodumene is a primary mineral constituent of the dyke along with varying amounts of quartz, potassium feldspar, and muscovite.
Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling is focused on the Road Access Group of pegmatites which are located to the east of the city of Yellowknife along a government-maintained paved highway, as well as the Echo target in the Further Afield Group. The Fi Southwest and Fi Main pegmatites are located within the Fi mineral lease.
As of August 15, 2023, LIFT has evacuated personel from the Hidden Lake Camp at the YLP (see press release dated August 15, 2023). Drilling operations at the Big East pegmatite have also been paused due to heavy smoke that limits visibility for flying helicopters. LIFT is monitoring the situation closely and plans to begin operations again once it is safe to do so.
Approximately 19,000 metres have been drilled across 117 diamond drill holes targeting the Fi Southwest, Fi Main, Ki, Shorty, Big East and Echo pegmatite targets. LIFT plans to complete 1,500 metres of drilling at the Echo target during the summer 2023 field season.
Figure 2 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Southwest pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Figure 3 – Cross-section of YLP0007 which intersected 60 metres at 1.26% Li2O drilling beneath the outcropping exposure of the Fi Southwest pegmatite dyke. Note that YLP0007 was drilled down-dip due to swampy ground on the southeast side of the outcrop.
Figure 4 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Main pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Figure 5 – Cross-section of YLP0017 which intersected 30 metres at 1.13% Li2O drilling beneath the outcropping exposure of the Fi Main pegmatite dyke.
Table 1 – Assay highlights for drill holes reported in this press release
1 Assays for hole YLP0023 are preliminary, pending receipt of final assay certificate
Table 2 - Drill collars table of reported drill holes in this press release
1UTM NAD83 zone 12
QA/QC and Core Sampling Protocols
All drill core samples were collected under the supervision of LIFT employees and contractors. Drill core was transported from the drill platform to the logging facility where it was logged, photographed, and split by diamond saw prior to being sampled. Samples were then bagged, and blanks and certified reference materials were inserted at regular intervals. Field duplicates consisting of quarter-cut core samples were also included in the sample runs. Groups of samples were placed in large bags, sealed with numbered tags in order to maintain a chain-of-custody, and transported from LIFT’s core logging facility to ALS Labs (“ALS”) laboratory in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Sample preparation and analytical work for this drill program were carried out by ALS. Samples were prepared for analysis according to ALS method CRU31: individual samples were crushed to 70% passing through 2 mm (10 mesh) screen; a 1,000 g sub-sample was riffle split (SPL-21) and then pulverized (PUL-32) such that 85% passed through 75 um (200 mesh) screen. A 0.2 g sub-sample of the pulverized material was then dissolved in a sodium peroxide solution and analysed for lithium according to ALS method ME-ICP82b. Another 0.2 g sub-sample of the pulverized material was analysed for 53 elements according to ALS method ME-MS89L. All results passed the QA/QC screenning at the lab, all inserted standards and blanks returned results that were within acceptible limits.
The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding LIFT’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Carl Verley, P.Geo., Vice-President, Exploration of Li-FT Power and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101). No QA/QC review is available in relation to historical sampling and drilling on the Yellowknife project and results have not been verified by a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101. Past sampling and drilling results are not necessarily indicative of future results or performance from the Yellowknife property.
LIFT is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of lithium pegmatite projects located in Canada. The Company’s flagship project is the Yellowknife Lithium Project located in Northwest Territories, Canada. LIFT also holds three early-stage exploration properties in Quebec, Canada with excellent potential for the discovery of buried lithium pegmatites, as well as the Cali Project in Northwest Territories within the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Field.
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