Lithium Americas is developing one of the world’s largest and lowest cost lithium operations.
The Company currently has rights over approximately 165,000 hectares (ha) in five salt lakes in the Jujuy and Salta Provinces of Argentina.
Main Property Package (Cauchari and Olaroz) – 3rd Largest Lithium Brine Resource in the World.
The Company’s main property (approximately 83,000 ha) comprises a significant portion of two adjacent salt lakes, Cauchari and Olaroz, located in Jujuy, Argentina. Based on a 43-101 Technical Report, the Company’s main property hosts the third largest known lithium brine resource in the world. As the resource estimate was based on exploration results obtained from only approximately one-third of the main property, with all drill holes still open at depth, there is the potential to significantly increase the size of the resource estimate in the future.
A definitive Feasibilty Study (FS) has been completed on this project by the independent engineering firm ARA WorleyParsons (ARAWP). ARAWP has a significant amount of experience in lithium brine processing, having designed and participated in building the world’s largest and lowest cost lithium brine processing facility in Chile. The FS concludes that the Company’s lithium project has favourable economic potential. The FS’s base case NPV, assuming an 8% discount rate, is US$738million pre-tax, and US$464million post-tax. Lithium Americas expects to achieve significant upside on the FS financial results through the execution of its business plan to build Stage 2 of the project. Revenue generation from Stage 2 production is expected to commence in 2020, and is expected to be approximately equal to Stage 1.
Prospective Land Holdings (Incahuasi, Pocitos, and Arizaro)
The Company holds additional exploration prospects within 3 other salt lakes in the Puna Plateau, aggregating to approximately 82,200 ha.