Clean TeQ Enters North American Lithium Market Through LithiumBank Deal
11 September 2023
- Partnership established between LithiumBank Resources Corp and Go2Lithium Inc
- Go2Lithium is a 50/50 joint venture between Clean TeQ Water and Computational Geosciences Inc (a subsidiary of NYSE-listed Ivanhoe Electric) to commercialise Clean TeQ’s continuous direct lithium extraction (cDLE®) process
- Go2Lithium to become a strategic shareholder in LithiumBank through the issue, upon satisfaction of specific milestones, of up to 14 million shares which represents approximately 25% of LithiumBank
- Licensing arrangement provides Clean TeQ with exposure to some of North America’s largest brine assets:
- The Boardwalk Project (NI 43-101 PEA completed in June 2023) contains over 6Mt of contained lithium carbonate equivalent
- The Park Place Project comprises a land package of over 1.6 million acres over the Leduc Formation, with a NI 43-101 Resource Estimate expected in 2H 2023
- Licensing agreement provides LithiumBank with access to Clean TeQ’s cDLE® technology that, based on laboratory test results, is expected to significantly improve the economics of North American lithium brine projects
- Clean TeQ to ship its cDLE® pilot plant to Canada in coming months to accelerate piloting on LithiumBank brines
- Transaction represents the first of several potential transactions for Go2Lithium with developers of lithium brine assets
Clean TeQ Water is pleased to announce an agreement between Go2Lithium (G2L) and LithiumBank (TSX.V: LBNK) under which G2L will license its continuous direct lithium extraction technology (cDLE®) to support development of LithiumBank’s North American lithium brine assets. In consideration for the license, LithiumBank has agreed to issue LithiumBank shares to G2L on satisfaction of certain milestones, which if fully vested, would constitute G2L as LithiumBank’s largest shareholder.
”This is a significant and potentially transformational transaction for Clean TeQ. We are delighted to be working with LithiumBank and look forward to adding value to their lithium projects. Having developed and deployed ion exchange technologies in both metal recovery and water treatment applications for over two decades we are uniquely experienced in chemical and engineering solutions that are optimised to maximize recoveries from low concentration feed sources.
In coming months, we will be shipping to Canada what will be one of the largest pilot- scale DLE plants in North America. Results from our test work on LithiumBank brines gives us confidence that we can not only accelerate development of the Boardwalk and Park Place projects, but also position them as the most efficient and sustainable sources of lithium supply for the North American market.Peter VoigtCEO, Clean TeQ Water and CTO, Go2Lithium
”This licensing agreement with G2L provides LithiumBank with access to best-in-class direct lithium extraction technology that we expect to have a significant impact on the economics of our Alberta projects. We are pleased to be partnering with a team that has over 20 years of experience in designing and constructing ion exchange systems for both water treatment and metal recovery applications. Furthermore, access to G2L’s operational pilot plant will expedite the development of all our projects and provide the necessary information to begin pre-feasibility assessments.Paul MatysekExecutive Chairman, Lithium Bank
Go2Lithium: 50/50 JV
G2L was formed in early 2023 as a 50/50 joint venture with Computational Geosciences Inc (CGI), a subsidiary of the Robert Friedland-chaired Ivanhoe Electric Inc. (NYSE:IE). CGI is an established leader in applying advanced geophysical modelling, data analytics and machine learning to resource exploration and discovery.
G2L was established to identify and unlock significant value in lithium brine assets, utilising CGI’s geophysical sub-surface modelling capability and Clean TeQ’s suite of cDLE® technologies to provide a lower-cost and more environmentally sustainable extraction and purification process for battery-grade lithium salts.
Clean TeQ Water will continue its in-house development and optimisation of the cDLE® process and the provision of pilot plant facilities to enable Go2Lithium to fully engage with lithium asset owners.
LithiumBank Resources Corp
Lithium Bank is a publicly traded lithium company on 3 stock exchanges (TSX.V: LBNK; OTCQX: LBNKF; FRA: HY9) with a current market capitalisation of $46.38M Canadian dollars (as at 7 September 2023).
LithiumBank holds one of the largest portfolios of lithium-bearing mineral claims across the Leduc Formation in western Canada.
Located on leases which were previously developed for oil and gas extraction, over 1,000 wells have been drilled to date on LithiumBank’s claims within the Leduc Formation. The extensive history of well production data has enabled LithiumBank to rapidly delineate a large- scale brine resource within its mineral claims. Furthermore, the presence of existing road, rail and power infrastructure provides essential support to these operations.
LithiumBank’s most advanced asset, the Boardwalk Project in Alberta, comprises a total land package of approximately 570,000 acres. LithiumBank’s NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Boardwalk Project estimates an indicated and inferred mineral resource at Boardwalk of over 6.2 million tonnes of contained lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), grading at approximately 70g/L. This makes Boardwalk one of the largest lithium brine resources in North America.
Park Place Project
LithiumBank’s Park Place Project (50km south of Boardwalk), also in Alberta, consists of a land package covering 1.6 million acres. The company has recently consolidated the mineral rights that cover over 95% of the Leduc Formation carbonate reef complex in the region.
Recent hydrogeological studies indicate that Park Place hosts approximately 76 km3 of brine, making it one of the largest lithium-bearing aquifers, by volume, held by a single operator in North America.
G2L-LithiumBank technology licensing agreement and equity terms
The Intellectual Property and Licensing Agreement (IPLA) provides LithiumBank with an exclusive license (subject to certain limited carve-outs) to utilise G2L’s cDLE® technology in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In consideration for the license, G2L will be issued 4 million common shares in LithiumBank upon signing the IPLA. Additionally, G2L retains the right to be issued up to an additional 10 million common shares in tranches, subject to achievement of certain technical and study milestones.
The 14 million shares, if fully issued, represent as of the date of this release approximately 25% of LithiumBank’s current issued and outstanding shares (on a post-issue basis). G2L will be entitled to nominate a director to the LithiumBank Board and have representation on the Technical Committee.
G2L will be granted anti-dilution rights and a right to participate in any future equity raises, on terms no more favourable than those offered to existing or incoming shareholders. G2L has agreed to not sell or trade any LithiumBank shares for a 12-month period following signing of the IPLA.
The current look-through value of the equity deal to Clean TeQ is around AUD$7M based on LithiumBank’s current market capitalisation (as at 7 September 2023).
G2L-LithiumBank technical services agreement
In addition to the IPLA, LithiumBank and G2L have entered into a Technical Services Agreement. Under this agreement G2L will facilitate the delivery of the cDLE® package to LithiumBank, by sub-contracting services to Clean TeQ. These services include the establishment and commissioning of the pilot plant in Canada, engineering design and, where necessary, economic trade-off studies. Clean TeQ will be compensated for these services at market rates. Revenue generation from the agreement is estimated to be in the order of AUD$500k in the first 12 months.
Next steps Boardwalk Project status
Clean TeQ and G2L remain focussed on accelerating the development timeline for LithiumBank’s projects, most immediately through the conclusion of test work and delivery of the pilot plant to Canada.
The demonstration plant, which Clean TeQ expects to ship from Australia in coming months, will have brine feed capacity of approximately 8,000 – 10,000 litres/day. Results from the piloting will provide key inputs into the Boardwalk mass balance and process design criteria, which will form the basis for a NI 43-101 Pre-Feasibility Study.
Both Clean TeQ and G2L are encouraged by the results from early test work. Two decades of experience in designing and constructing ion exchange parts around the world has positioned Clean TeQ to play an important role in bringing its unique IP and technical solutions to lithium recovery, combining advanced chemistry with efficient engineering design.