Desert Lion Energy Lithium Project
Desert Lion Energy is developing the first large scale lithium mine in Namibia.
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. Desert Lion Energy holds a 80% interest in the lithium project.Project Location
The pegmatites of the region have been the subject of several geological surveys and research investigations. Initial exploration in the later 1920s and 1930s in the district focused on beryl with Rubicon being proclaimed a mining area in 1951 and with mining continuing until 1994.
Historic exploration work conducted Desert Lion Energy’s Lithium Project include: diamond drilling carried out by Anglo American and Namibian Lithium in 1968 and 1997, respectively; rock chip sampling and diamond drilling conducted by Black Fire Minerals in 2009 and 2010; exploration (rock chip sampling and electromagnetic surveying) carried out by LiCore Mining (Pty) Ltd. between 2013 and 2015.
Mining at the Project started in the 1950s, but no information regarding the production prior to 1980 is available. The Project was selectively mined from three pits and associated underground workings for petalite, amblygonite, lepidolite, beryl, quartz and accessory pollucite and bismuth and its oxidation products. Rubicon – one of three historic mines contained within the Project – was at one stage Namibia’s major source of lithium, primarily in the form of petalite for use in the ceramic industry.
Phase 1 Production
Desert Lion Energy began production of lithium concentrate from stockpiled material at the Company’s lithium project in Namibia in December 2017. There are approximately 700 thousand tonnes (kt) of stockpiled material and 100kt of fines located on Desert Lion Energy’s exclusive prospect license that will be processed over a 12-month period.
Following the production of lithium concentrate from stockpiled material (i.e. Phase I production), Desert Lion Energy plans to commence production of lithium concentrate from in situ ore (i.e. Phase II production), which is expected to begin in the second half of 2019. The Phase II production schedule will be based on results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment, which the Company plans to publish in the second quarter of 2018.
The Desert Lion Energy Lithium Project – at a glance
(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.