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LIFT Intersects 11 m at 1.52% Li₂O at its Nite pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

February 13, 2024 3:05 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 13, 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 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-0177: 11 m at 1.52% Li2O, (Nite)and: 1 m at 1.19% Li2O
  • YLP-0179: 12 m at 0.64% Li2O, (Ki)including: 3 m at 1.39% Li2Oand: 5 m at 0.56% Li2Oincluding: 2 m at 1.22% Li2O

Discussion of Results

This week’s drill results are from 1,184 m drilled across eight holes on the Nite, Ki and BIG West pegmatite complexes. 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.

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “This week’s results show the high-grade nature of the Nite pegmatite. 11 meters at 1.52% Li2O is an excellent result and shows that there is further potential along strike to the southwest and downdip at the Nite pegmatite.”

Li-FT  yellowknife pegmatites Jan 2024

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far focused on the Near Field 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.

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 and dips approximately 50°-70° degrees to the east. The northern part of this complex consists of a main dyke flanked by one or more thinner dykes whereas the southern part comprises a fanning splay of 5-10 thinner dykes that is up to 200 m wide.

YLP-0174 explored the Nite pegmatite approximately 100 m from its northern end and 50 m beneath the surface. Drilling intersected three pegmatite dykes ranging from 2-5 m wide for cumulative pegmatite of 9 m over 27 m of core. The deepest of these three dykes returned 0.82% Li2O over 3 m.

YLP-0177 was drilled to test the Nite pegmatite ~600 m from its southern mapped extent and 100-150 m beneath the surface. Two previously released holes drilled on the same section returned 1.40-1.50% Li2O over 10-11 m from intersections located both 100 m up-dip (YLP-0142) and down-dip (YLP -0182) of YLP-0177. New drilling intersected a 16 m dyke preceded by four 1-7 m dykes for cumulative pegmatite of 31 m over 72 m of drill core. Assays returned a composite of 1.52% Li2O over 11 m from the thick dyke as well as 1.19% Li2O over 1 m from one of the thinner ones (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 3).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites NR 25 GT Nite

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

Yellowknife sections NR 25 Nite

Figure 3 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0177 with results as shown in the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 11 m interval of 1.52% Li2O.

Ki Pegmatite

The Ki pegmatite is a north-northwest trending corridor of dykes that extends for at least 1.3 km on surface and dips steeply to the southwest. The southern part of the corridor consists mostly of one large dyke and several narrower flanking dykes that sum to a constant pegmatite width of around 25 m. The northern part consists of two relatively thick dykes that are between 50-150 m apart, with the western dyke comprising the northern extension of the large dyke to the south and the more eastern dyke referred to as the Perlis pegmatite.

YLP-0178 was drilled on the Ki dyke in the northern part of the corridor, 100 m along strike and northwest of YLP-0179 (see below), 100 m from the northern mapped extent of the dyke, and 50 m beneath the surface. Drilling intersected three dykes between 1-13 m in width for cumulative 24 m of pegmatite over 44 m of core. Assays returned no significant results.

YLP-0179 was also drilled to intersect the Ki dyke 50 m beneath the surface, with the hole collared in-between along-strike step-out holes drilled 100 m northwest (YLP-0178, see above) and to the southeast (YLP-0184; 1.11% Li2O over 13 m). Drilling intersected a 15 m wide dyke flanked by several 1-6 m wide dykes, for cumulative pegmatite of 23 m over 60 m. The thick dyke returned an assay composite of 0.64% Li2O over 12 m that includes 3 m of 1.39% Li2O whereas the upper-most dyke returned 0.56% Li2O over 5 m including a 2 m interval of 1.22% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figures 4 & 5).

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites NR 25 GT Ki

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

Yellowknife sections NR 25 Ki

Figure 5 – Cross-section of YLP-0179 which intersected the Ki pegmatite dyke with a 12 m interval of 0.64% 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 dyke structures that are 50-100 m apart in the northern half of the corridor and 150 m apart in the south. These dykes are here referred to as the east-bounding (EB) and west-bounding (WB) dykes. Descriptions below are ordered from southern- to northern-most.

YLP-0173 tested the WB dyke approximately 500 m from its southern mapped extent and 100 m beneath the surface. Drilling intersected three dykes separated by 40-65 m of country rock, with each interval comprising 5-8 m of pegmatite over 5-12 m of core. Assay composites for the lower-most dyke returned 1.20% Li2O over 3 m.

YLP-0181 was drilled ~500 m from the northern mapped extent of the WB and EB dykes to, respectively, test pierce points at

YLP-0172 was collared just east of the WB dyke to test the EB dyke approximately 250 m from its northern mapped extent, 50 m below the surface, and 100 m up-dip of YLP-0176 (see below). Drilling intersected 14 m and 9 m wide dykes separated by 11 m of country rock, with the upper dyke returning an assay composite of 0.67% Li2O over 7 m (including 1.38% Li2O over 3 m) and the lower one returning 0.51% Li2O over 9 m (including 0.99% Li2O over 4 m).

YLP-0176 was drilled on the same section as YLP-0172 to intersect the WB dyke

Individual Drill plans YK pegmatites NR 25 GT Big W

Figure 6 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West 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-0172576470.67BIG West
inc586131.38
and798890.51
inc838740.99
YLP-017315616150.77BIG West
inc15716031.20
YLP-0174727530.82Nite
YLP-0176130140100.56BIG West
inc13813911.42
YLP-017718818911.19Nite
and200211111.52
YLP-0178No significant resultsKi
YLP-0179202550.56Ki
inc202221.22
and6173120.64
inc616431.39
YLP-0181717210.91BIG West
and909111.16

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 182 out of 198 diamond drill holes (32,076 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 HoleNAD83EastingNorthingElevation (m)Azimuth (°)Dip (°)Depth (m)Dyke
YLP-0172Zone 11654,1506,933,70120511845111BIG West
YLP-0173Zone 11653,7696,933,22120711845221BIG West
YLP-0174Zone 11647,7786,936,8482023004596Nite
YLP-0176Zone 11654,1206,933,71620111571210BIG West
YLP-0177Zone 11647,5416,936,17921629850228Nite
YLP-0178Zone 12372,7636,943,5242585650100Ki
YLP-0179Zone 12372,8386,943,4592595645111Ki
YLP-0181Zone 11654,0186,933,48720011544107BIG West

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.

For further information, please contact:
  
Francis MacDonaldDaniel Gordon
Chief Executive OfficerInvestor Relations
Tel: + 1.604.609.6185Tel: +1.604.609.6185
Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] 
Website: www.li-ft.com  
  

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Figure 1

Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far focused on the Near Field 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 Nite pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Figure 3

Cross-section illustrating YLP-0177 with results as shown in the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 11 m interval of 1.52% Li2O.
Figure 4

Plan view showing the surface expression of the Ki pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Figure 5

Cross-section of YLP-0179 which intersected the Ki pegmatite dyke with a 12 m interval of 0.64% Li2O.
Figure 6

Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.
Source: Li-FT Power Ltd.


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