Allkem Provides Drilling Update for James Bay Lithium Project
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Allkem Provides Drilling Update for James Bay Lithium Project

Aug 22, 2023

Mr. Martin Perez de Solay reports:

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allkem Limited (ASX|TSX: AKE, “Allkem” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide a drilling update for its James Bay Lithium Project in Québec, Canada.



Between December 2022 and April 2023, Allkem undertook a resource definition drilling campaign with the aim of delineating the pegmatite dykes around the extremities of the deposit, and to test for strike extensions to the north-west. In total, 130 drill holes were completed for a total meterage of 29,124m. A significant portion of this drilling was designed to support a maiden Inferred Mineral Resource in the NW Sector, supported by an 80m x 80m drilling pattern.

Interim assay results relating to the newly discovered NW Sector were announced to the market on May 4th, 2023. The remaining assays have been received from the laboratory and are included in this announcement with a supporting plan view (Figure 1) and schematic section (Figure 2).

Assay highlights for the remaining assays from the 2023 drilling campaign include:

Managing Director and CEO, Martin Perez de Solay said, “These outstanding drilling results confirm a material extension of mineralisation at James Bay. Work is now focussed on reviewing the Mineral Resource to include the additional results from the 2023 drilling program and an update is expected by the end of the month.

“James Bay is a Tier 1 lithium asset with the potential to grow even further as the boundaries of mineralisation are tested through an additional drilling program commencing later in the year."

Figure 1: James Bay 2023 drilling program – Plan view of drill collars

All drillhole collars from the 2023 drilling campaign are tabulated in Appendix 2, and all new significant assay intervals received since the May 4th 2023 announcement are presented in Appendix 3.

Figure 2: NW Sector cross section, looking north-east.


A Mineral Resource update is on-track for completion in August 2023, and will be announced to the market once internal checks and verifications are complete.

The Company is currently planning a significant diamond drilling campaign to start in November 2023 to expand on the additional lithium-bearing pegmatites discovered last winter. The drilling program will consist of both in-fill drilling to better understand the geometry of the pegmatites, and step-out exploration drilling to discover new pegmatites along-strike to the NW zone.

This release was authorised by Mr Martin Perez de Solay, CEO and Managing Director of Allkem Limited.


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Section 1: Sampling Techniques and Data

Section 2: Reporting of Exploration Results

Appendix 2: All drillhole collars from the 2023 drilling program.

Appendix 3: New Significant Assay Results since announcement on May 4th, 2023.

Notes: Lower reporting cut-off 0.4% Li2O%; minimum 4m true thickness interval; maximum 2m of internal waste. Assay results are only reported within logged pegmatite intervals. Estimated true thicknesses are calculated from the intersection of the downhole surveys with three separate planes, depending on location, representing the geometry of the pegmatite dykes.

Notes: Lower reporting cut-off 0.4% Li2O% based on geological and geometallurgical parameters; minimum 4m true thickness interval; maximum 2m of internal waste. Assay results are only reported within logged pegmatite intervals. Estimated true thicknesses are calculated from the intersection of the downhole surveys with three separate planes, depending on location, representing the geometry of the pegmatite dykes.

Allkem LimitedAllkemCompanyHIGHLIGHTS114m @ 1.73 % Li2O from 140.5m 94m @ 1.87 % Li2O from 107mRESOURCE DELINEATION DRILLINGDrillholeFrom (m)To (m)Downhole Thickness (m)Estimated True Thickness (m)Li2O%Figure 1: James Bay 2023 drilling program – Plan view of drill collarsFigure 2: NW Sector cross section, looking north-east.NEXT STEPSIMPORTANT NOTICESReleaseCompanyAllkemASXCorporations ActForward Looking StatementsCompetent Person Statement Notforreleaseordistribution in theUnited StatesSection 1: Sampling Techniques and DataSampling techniques2008/2009 Exploration Drilling – Lithium One 2009/2010 Channel Sampling – Lithium One2017 Resource Definition Drilling – Galaxy Lithium (Canada) Inc.2017/2018 Geotech and Metallurgical Drilling – Galaxy Lithium (Canada) Inc.2021 - 2023 Sterilisation, Exploration and Resource Delineation Drilling – Galaxy Lithium (Canada) Inc.Drilling techniquesDiamond DrillingLoggingSub- sampling techniques and sample preparation2008/2009 Drilling and Channel Sampling2017/2018 Drilling2021 – 2023 DrillingQuality of assay data and laboratory tests 2008 - 2010 Assaying2008 - 2010 QAQC2017/2018 Assaying2017/2018 QAQC2021 - 2023 Assaying2021 - 2023 QAQCVerification of sampling and assayingLocation of data pointsData Spacing and distributionOrientation of data in relation to geological structureSample SecurityAudits or reviewsSection 2: Reporting of Exploration ResultsMineral tenement and land tenure statusExploration done by other partiesGeologyDrill hole InformationData aggregation methodsRelationship between mineralization widths and intercept lengthsDiagramsBalanced reportingOther substantive exploration dataFurther workAppendix 2: All drillhole collars from the 2023 drilling program. Hole IDTYPEUTM 18N EastUTM 18N NorthRLDepthDipUTM 18N AzimuthAppendix 3: New Significant Assay Results since announcement on May 4th, 2023.DrillholeFrom (m)To (m)Downhole Thickness (m)Estimated True Thickness (m)Li20%