About Desert Lion Energy
Hard-rock lithium project located in mining friendly Namibia
Lithium presents one of the most exciting market opportunities, driven by the surging demand for lithium-ion batteries in key applications such as electric vehicles.
To enable the future of energy, Desert Lion Energy is focused on providing a long term sustainable solution for the low-cost supply of high quality lithium chemicals. Desert Lion Energy is developing the first large scale lithium mine in Namibia, located near Karibib in the Erongo region. The brownfield lithium mine was first discovered in the 1930s and has a long history of small-scale mining operations. The Desert Lion Energy Lithium Project is located within 301 km2 of highly prospective land with known lithium bearing pegmatitic mineralization. The project site is accessible year-round by road with access to power, water, rail, port, airport, and communication infrastructure.
High quality asset
Initial target resource of 10-15MT with additional exploration potential upside and estimated average grade of 1.5% Li2O(1). The pegmatite ore body occurs at or close to surface with multiple outcrops occurring around the historic Rubicon Lithium and Helikon Lithium mines and within the greater Exclusive Prospecting Land (EPL).
Significant mineral resource potential:
- High historic head grades of between 1.7% and 3.8% Li2O
- Newly mapped Li-bearing pegmatites, called Rubicon South and North targets. Rubicon South and Rubicon North totally a cumulative length of 2.6 km and 1.1 km respectively.
- Rock and fines stockpiles are easily accessible and represent the first stage of operation due to begin in Q4 2017.
- In-situ ore left behind in the historic Rubicon and Helikon pit are easily accessible for initial mining operations.
- Li-bearing pegmatites demonstrated to exist in other pegmatite structures mapped in the 301km2
Note 1 – The Desert Lion Energy Lithium Project is deemed to be at a Mineral Prospect or Mineral Deposit stage, despite the considerable historic mining activities. The initial and future exploration targets are based on recent sampling efforts and historical data.
Historic mining between 1930 and 1994, producing ~17,000 tonnes of lithium mineral concentrate from 1980 to 1994 as a small-scale operation, and opportunity to mine historic waste dumps at low cost.
Historic head grades varied between 1.70% and 3.80% Li2O.
The Desert Lion Energy team combines technical lithium processing and project development with in-country Namibian specialists capable of delivering a world class lithium asset.
The team is supported by Forbes & Manhattan and Pella Resources as major shareholders and strategic partners with a proven track record of delivering value to shareholders.
Long history of small scale mining operations providing substantial resource intelligence
- The Rubicon site was mined intermittently between 1930 and 1994
- Past production of approximately 17,000 tonnes of lithium mineral concentrate via small-scale open pit and underground mining methods
- Reported historical head grades varied between 1.70% and 3.80% Li2O
High grade, large deposit, Infrastructure, Community, Experience, Namibia
Desert Lion Energy is developing the first large scale lithium project in Namibia with a focus on providing a long term sustainable solution for the low-cost supply of high quality lithium chemicals. We believe that long term partnerships with the Namibian government, the local community and investors are fundamental to creating sustainable and lasting benefits for all stakeholders.
The Desert Lion Energy Lithium Project consists of 8 historic lithium mineral claims covering 1.5km2, within 301km2 of highly prospective land with known lithium bearing pegmatites.
The Desert Lion Energy team believes that key to the success of the project is tied to implementing the highest environmental standards and working with the local community to provide long term benefits for Namibians.