Vancouver, British Columbia, July 20, 2017 - Alba Minerals Ltd. (“Alba”) (TSX-V: AA; AXVEF:US; Frankfurt: A117RU) is pleased to announce it has signed an option agreement to acquire 100% of the Quiron II lithium project, consisting of 2,421 hectares of prospective exploration property in the Pocitos Salar, Province of Salta, Argentina. The Project is located approximately 7 km South East of Millennial Lithium - Southern Lithium JV Pocitos North Cruz Brine Project and 12 km northeast from the Liberty One Lithium Corp. Pocitos West Project.
The Quiron II property is located within South America’s Lithium Triangle (northern Chile, northwestern Argentina and southwest Bolivia), where over half of the earth’s identified resources of lithium exist and companies like SQM, FMC and near term producer Ady Ressources are currently mining lithium carbonate.
The Quiron II asset has exceptional geological conditions and strategic location. Hydro geologically it is situated in Pocito’s North East flank where the affluents from El Quevar contributes towards the Salar and on the intersection between the Quebrada de Incahuasi and Pocitos Salar subterraneous Aquifer Systems.
The exceptional location of the Property in terms of infrastructure is due to the fact that the Belgrano Cargas rail line Ramal 14 (connecting Estacion de Pocitos with the Chilean deep water port of Antofagasta) main provincial road N° 17 to access the Puna high voltage electricity line and high-pressure gas pipeline are going through the property, allowing exploration and future production activity to occur without any significant holdups.
The 60-kilometer long Pocitos Salar Basin has been superficially explored for the first time in 1979. Since then Lithium values between 100 to 600 parts per million were mentioned by different Canadian and Non-Canadian reporting issuer. (These results are considered historical data).
In a recent study published in the 2016 at the Argentinian Congress of Economic Geology, Dr. Garcia et al. detected very low resistivities at a depth of 65-70 meters in the Northeast of the Pocitos Salar including a portion of Quiron II which can be attributed to sand layers saturated with brines. These Data are very encouraging to continue exploration of the intersection zone and alluvial cone in order to define the potency, thickness and limits of subterraneous facies within the exploration asset.
The terms of the definitive agreement to exercise the option of the 100% interest in the Quiron II property Alba must do the following:
|Date||Cash Considerations||Shares Issued||Work Obligations|
|On signing of the Definitive Agreement||US$50,000||2,400,000||Nil|
|On Exchange approval||US$50,000||0||Nil|
|On exploration EIA approval||Nil||Nil||US$400,000 (over 18 months)|
|On month 18th and to gain 100% of the project||US$200,000||3,600,000||Nil|
Alba Minerals Ltd. (TSX-V: AA.V, AXVEF:US, Frankfurt: A117RU) is a Vancouver based junior resource company focusing on the development of Lithium Properties in the Clayton Valley of Nevada and Salta Lithium Projects in Argentina.
Please visit our web site for further information: www.albamineralsltd.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This is a key property acquisition that helps strengthens Alba Minerals position as a serous exploration lithium company
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Alba Minerals Ltd.