LIFT Intersects 23 m at 1.40% Li2O at its Fi Main pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

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Figure 1

Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far 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.
Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far 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.

Figure 2

Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Main pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Main pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Figure 3

Cross-section illustrating YLP-0148 with results as shown in the Fi Main pegmatite dyke with a 23 m interval of 1.40% Li2O.
Cross-section illustrating YLP-0148 with results as shown in the Fi Main pegmatite dyke with a 23 m interval of 1.40% Li2O.

Figure 4

Plan view showing the surface expression of the Nite pegmatite with diamond drill hole reported in this press release.
Plan view showing the surface expression of the Nite pegmatite with diamond drill hole reported in this press release.

Figure 5

Cross-section of YLP-0182 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 11 m interval of 1.38% Li2O.
Cross-section of YLP-0182 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 11 m interval of 1.38% Li2O.

Figure 6

Cross-section of YLP-0145 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 1.28% Li2O.
Cross-section of YLP-0145 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 1.28% Li2O.

Figure 7

Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Figure 8

Plan view showing the surface expression of the Ki pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Plan view showing the surface expression of the Ki pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Li-FT Power Ltd. (“LIFT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report assays from 8 drill holes completed at the Fi Main, BIG West, Nite, & Ki pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project (“YLP”) located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). Drilling intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:

Highlights:

  • YLP-0148: 23 m at 1.40% Li2O, (Fi Main)
  • YLP-0182: 11 m at 1.38% Li2O, (Nite)
  • YLP-0145: 10 m at 1.28% Li2O, (Nite)
            and: 3 m at 1.26% Li2O
  • YLP-0149: 5 m at 1.04% Li2O, (Nite)
            and: 1 m at 1.04% Li2O
            and: 10 m at 0.78% Li2O
    including: 5 m at 1.15% Li2O

Discussion of Results

This week’s drill results are for eight holes drilled on four separate pegmatite complexes, including Fi Main (N = 1), Nite (N = 3), BIG West (N = 2), and Ki (N = 2). A table of composite calculations, general comments related to this discussion, and a table of collar headers are provided towards the end of this section.

Li-FT YLP location and roads v2

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far 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.

Fi Main Pegmatite

The Fi Main pegmatite comprises a 10-100 m wide corridor of 1-5 dykes that dip between 70°-85° to the west-northwest and extends for at least 1.5 km on surface.

YLP-0148 tested the Fi Main pegmatite approximately 300 m from its northern mapped extent, 50 m vertically beneath the surface, and 250 m up-dip from YLP-0020 (0.49% Li2O over 5 m). Drilling at this site intersected a single 31 m wide pegmatite dyke that returned an assay composite of 1.40% Li2O over 23 m (Table 1 and 2, Figures 2 & 3).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites Fi Main NR 22 GT

Figure 2 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Main pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Yellowknife sections NR22 Fi 148 V2

Figure 3 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0148 with results as shown in the Fi Main pegmatite dyke with a 23 m interval of 1.40% Li2O.

Nite Pegmatite

The Nite pegmatite complex comprises a north-northeast trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes that is exposed for at least 1.4 km of strike length, ranges from 10-200 m wide, and dips approximately 50°-70° degrees to the east.

YLP-0145 was designed to test the Nite pegmatite approximately 500 m from its northern mapped extent, <25 m vertically beneath the surface, and 50 m up-dip from YLP-0149 (see next paragraph). Drilling intersected three pegmatite dykes from the base of overburden (B-OVB) to 40 m core depth, ranging from 2-13 m in width for cumulative pegmatite width of 18 m. The widest dyke returned an assay composite of 1.28% Li2O over 10 m whereas another dyke, intersected from B-OVB to 4 m depth, returned 1.26% Li2O over 3 m.

YLP-0149 was designed to test the Nite pegmatite on the same section as YLP-0145 but at 50 m further downdip. Drilling intersected four pegmatite dykes ranging from 1-11 m in width for cumulative pegmatite width of 27 m over 43 m of core length. The three widest dykes, from upper- to lower-most, returned assay composites of 1.04% Li2O over 5 m, 1.04% Li2O over 1 m, and 0.78% Li2O over 10 m, the latter including 1.15% Li2O over 5 m.

YLP-0182 was designed to test the Nite pegmatite approximately 600 m from its southern mapped extent, 250 m vertically beneath the surface, and 200 m down-dip of YLP-0142 (1.47% Li2O over 10 m). Drilling intersected four pegmatite dykes over 39 m core width, ranging from 2-14 m in width for cumulative pegmatite width of 31 m. The widest dyke returned an assay composite of 1.38% Li2O over 11 m whereas the other three dykes averaged 0.1-0.3% Li2O over core widths ranging from 2-10 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 4, 5 & 6).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites Nite NR 22 GT

Figure 4 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Nite pegmatite with diamond drill hole reported in this press release.

Yellowknife sections NR22 Nite 182

Figure 5 – Cross-section of YLP-0182 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 11 m interval of 1.38% Li2O.

Yellowknife sections NR22 Nite 145 V2

Figure 6 – Cross-section of YLP-0145 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 1.28% Li2O.

BIG West Pegmatite

The BIG West pegmatite complex comprises a northeast-trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes that is exposed for at least 1.5 km along strike and is steeply west dipping to subvertical. The complex is bound by two relatively continuous dykes that are approximately 50-100 m apart in the north half and just under 150 m apart in the southern part. To facilitate description, these dykes are here referred to as the east bounding (EB) and west bounding (WB) dykes.

YLP-0151 tested the BIG West EB dyke approximately 150 m from its southern mapped extent, 150 m vertically below the surface, and 100 m down-dip of YLP-0146 (0.52% Li2O over 12 m). Drilling intersected five pegmatite dykes over 83 m of drill core, including a 15 m thick dyke and four 2-4 m wide dykes for cumulative pegmatite width of 27 m. The 15 m wide dyke returned a wall-to-wall composite of 0.18% Li2O over 15 m that includes 0.62% Li2O over 1 m. All other dykes averaged <0.1% Li2O.

YLP-0153 was designed to test the WB dyke approximately 350 m from its southern mapped extent and <25 m vertically beneath the surface, as well as 50 m up-dip from YLP-0135 (1.04% Li2O over 12 m) and 100 m up-dip of YLP-0132 (no significant intercept). Drilling intersected a single 16 m wide pegmatite extending from the base of overburden (B-OVB) to 18 m depth that returned an assay composite of 0.99% Li2O over 9 m (Table 1 and 2, Figure 7).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites Big W NR 22 GT V2

Figure 7 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Ki Pegmatite

The Ki pegmatite is one of several subparallel dykes occurring within a north-of-northwest trending corridor. Drill intercepts typically comprise a thick “main” dyke flanked by one or more narrower (1-5 m wide) dykes although, in places, it is formed by 2-6 dykes of similar cumulative thickness spread over up to 80 m of core length. The Ki dyke is visible for at least 1.0 km on surface and dips between 65°-80° to the southwest.

YLP-0155 tested the Ki pegmatite approximately 300 m from its southern mapped extent and 100 m vertically beneath the surface, as well as 50 m down-dip of YLP-0096 (1.38% Li2O over 12 m) and 100 m downdip of YLP-0069 (0.96% Li2O over 10 m). Drilling intersected seven pegmatite dykes over 96 m of core length, with individual dykes spaced ~7-14 m from adjacent dykes and ranging from 1-15 m in width for cumulative pegmatite width of 31 m. All wall-to-wall assay composites returned ≤0.1% Li2O.

YLP-0161 tested the Ki pegmatite approximately 400 m from its southern mapped extents, 150 m vertically beneath the surface, and 100 m down-dip of YLP-0110 (1.00% Li2O over 7 m and 1.13% Li2O over 10 m). Drilling intersected three swarms separated by 50-70 m core lengths, with each swarm comprising 1-4 m of pegmatite over 1-20 m. All wall-to-wall assay composites returned <0.1% Li2O (Table 1 and 2, Figure 8).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites Ki NR 22 GT V2

Figure 8 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Ki pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Table 1 – Assay highlights for drill holes reported in this press release.

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Li2O% Dyke
YLP-0145 1 4 3 1.26 Nite
and 20 30 10 1.28 Nite
YLP-0148 72 95 23 1.40 Fi Main
YLP-0149 65 70 5 1.04 Nite
and 80 81 1 1.04 Nite
and 85 95 10 0.78 Nite
inc 89 94 5 1.15 Nite
YLP-0151 178 179 1 0.62 BIG West
YLP-0153 3 12 9 0.99 BIG West
YLP-0155 No significant results Ki
YLP-0161 No significant results Ki
YLP-0182 302 313 11 1.38 Nite


Drilling Progress Update

The Company has concluded its 2023 drill program at the Yellowknife Lithium Project with 34,238 m completed. Currently, LIFT has reported results from 156 out of 198 diamond drill holes (27,493 m).

General Statements

All eight holes described in this news release were drilled broadly perpendicular to the dyke orientation so that the true thickness of reported intercepts will range somewhere between 65-100% of the drilled widths. A collar header table is provided below.

Mineralogical characterization for the YLP- pegmatites is in progress through hyperspectral core scanning and X-ray diffraction work. Visual core logging indicates that the predominant host mineral is spodumene.

Table 2 – Drill collars table of reported drill holes in this press release

Drill Hole NAD83 Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Depth (m) Dyke
YLP-0145 Zone 11 647,535 6,936,519 207 300 45 57 Nite
YLP-0148 Zone 12 371,785 6,941,865 251 91 50 114 Fi Main
YLP-0149 Zone 11 647,591 6,936,490 208 300 46 123 Nite
YLP-0151 Zone 11 653,932 6,932,852 202 298 45 230 BIG West
YLP-0153 Zone 11 653,721 6,933,079 209 118 45 32 BIG West
YLP-0155 Zone 12 373,101 6,942,606 254 57 57 252 Ki
YLP-0161 Zone 12 372,944 6,942,620 256 55 58 325 Ki
YLP-0182 Zone 11 647,623 6,936,125 215 298 53 351 Nite


QA/QC & 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 core processing 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-gram sub-sample was riffle split (SPL-21) and then pulverized (PUL-32) such that 85% passed through 75 micron (200 mesh) screen. A 0.2-gram 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-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was analysed for 53 elements according to ALS method ME-MS89L. All results passed the QA/QC screening at the lab, all inserted standards and blanks returned results that were within acceptable limits.

Qualified Person

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding LIFT’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Ron Voordouw, Ph.D., P.Geo., Partner, Director Geoscience, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd., and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101) and member in good standing with the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) (Geologist Registration number: L5245).

About LIFT

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 Group.

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Francis MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: + 1.604.609.6185
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.li-ft.com
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Investor Relations
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