CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire -- Lithium Chile Inc. (“Lithium Chile”) is pleased to announce that lithium-bearing brines have been intersected by the first of four drill holes at its wholly-owned Ollague project located in the Antofagasta Region of Chile.   Hole DDH-OLL-01-18 encountered an aquifer hosting lithium-bearing brines at a depth of 110 meters which continued to a depth of 290 meters. This continuous 180-meter zone of brine returned grades of up to 480mg/L lithium. The average grade over the last 60 meters was 470 mg/L lithium.

Steve Cochrane, President and CEO of Lithium Chile, commented: “Hitting such a thick and continuous zone of lithium-bearing brine on our very first hole at Ollague is a huge testament to the ability of our exploration team in Chile. I am extremely pleased that in our first exploration hole we have returned values that rival the average grades in Argentina. I am delighted that we have made a potentially significant lithium discovery at the very start of our drilling activity.”

Hole DDH-OLL-01-18 is located in the shallower, southwestern edge of the Ollague salar and bottomed at 300 meters.  Hole # 2 was also drilled in the southwestern edge of the salar (now completed) with assays pending.  Hole # 3 (now completed) and hole # 4 (in progress) are targeting the center of the Ollague salar where the Company anticipates that the zone will continue to deeper depths.

The depths intersected coincide very closely with the main low conductivity zone detected by the transient electromagnetic survey (“TEM”) completed by Lithium Chile during March, 2018 (see news release dated April 3, 2018) which supports Lithium Chile’s interpretation that the salar is open to significantly deeper depths.

Hole DDH-OLL-01-18

Depth (m)K mg/lLi mg/lMg mg/l
50<50010233
70<50020276
90<50010193
110<50010206
13012001501140
15020002702070
17024002602530
19035003703505
21034003603400
23036003803600
25043004604300
27045004704370
29046004804500
    

As this was an unsealed exploration hole which was drilled with fresh water, the samples values presented above are likely to have been diluted by drilling fluids and fresher up hole water.  Nevertheless, these results are highly significant in Lithium Chile’s view.

As a result of these significant results and the fact that grades are increasing with depth, management is evaluating the feasibility of drilling hole #4 deeper and potentially drilling another hole as well to more fully evaluate the salar at deeper depths.

The water samples were tested on site for salinity and conductivity and then bottled and sealed on site and shipped to ALS Patagonia, an accredited laboratory, where they were analysed for lithium and 25 other major and trace elements using the ICP analytical technique.

This news release has been reviewed by Terence Walker, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration and a qualified person as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101.

About Lithium Chile

Lithium Chile is advancing a lithium property portfolio consisting of 152,900 hectares covering sections of 14 salars and 1 laguna complex in Chile.

Lithium Chile’s common shares are listed on the TSX-V under the symbol "LITH” and on the OTC-QB under the symbol “LTMCF”.

To find out more about Lithium Chile Inc., please contact Steven Cochrane, President & CEO  via e mail: steve@lithiumchile.ca  or alternately, Jeremy Ross, VP Business Development, at (604) 537-7556 or via email: jeremy@lithiumchile.ca . https://www.lithiumchile.ca/

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

LITHIUM CHILE INC.

Steven Cochrane
President & CEO

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