The Bergby Lithium Project in Sweden, operated by United Lithium Corp., has released the findings of their boulder train mapping and sampling program. A region west of the northernmost portion of the previously drilled mineralized pegmatite revealed promising assay findings from new, previously undiscovered lithium mineralized zones.
The new zone yielded Li2O concentrations of 3.01 percent, 2.82 percent, and 2.12 percent. Between 300 and 500 meters to the northwest of the southern end of the previous drilling, further samples of 1.71 percent Li2O, 1.72 percent Li2O, and 1.46 percent Li2O were discovered.. 600 meters to the west of the previous drilling, a zone containing 3.33 percent Li2O was discovered.
The soil was also sampled at the Northern Spodumene Boulder Train source and processed and delivered to the lab for Lithium, Caesium, Rubidium, and Tantalum analysis.
The findings of the mapping and sampling indicate that the mineralized pegmatite region is more extensive than expected, and the company thinks that there is more in addition to on top of the previously discovered spodumene-bearing rocks on a broader area of the land. With these discoveries, United Lithium has increased the size of its Bergby land position to approximately 10,458 hectares, enabling it to look for more lithium prospects.
A good road, rail, and power infrastructure support Bergby’s central Sweden project, and the Port of Norrsundet, just 4 kilometers from the drill site, has a core logging and cutting facility. United Lithium will process its lithium oxides and carbonates for shipment to European gigafactory clients at the port, which has a solid infrastructure and can handle industrial applications.
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By 2021, United established a collaboration with Process Research Ortech in Mississauga, Ontario, to develop a unique hard rock lithium leaching and purification process. It is a chemical engineering activity to treat lithium-bearing pegmatite rock to extract the lithium from the stones, subsequently, transform it into lithium oxides or carbonates, and supplied to end-user customers. After the lithium is mined, chemical processing is used to maximize the high-grade lithium that can be recovered.
It is expected that the Ortech partnership will create a preliminary hard rock spodumene mining and mineral processing method to extract lithium. Impurities like iron, aluminum, and zinc may degrade lithium carbonate, thus processing the spodumene and petalite minerals removes them to get the purest form of lithium carbonate possible.
If the procedure is effective, the firm intends to utilize a greener, more ecologically friendly approach that can be accomplished at lower temperatures, with fewer chemicals, and shorter time than current methods. The technology is utilized to maximize Bergby’s lithium recoveries, to treat the ore’s spodumene and pegmatite lithium concentrations. Thus, a large processing facility won’t need to be built until the project’s economics justify it before United Lithium can earn money from the ore it processes for delivery.
When it comes to making lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, lithium is a crucial component that is presently in short supply due to the world’s rapid shift toward decreasing carbon emissions to combat climate change. Global mandates to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2030 have prompted a boom in the production of electric vehicles (EVs) and investment into battery gigafactories, which are required to power EVs. In Europe alone, 25 gigafactories are presently scheduled for development.
Because of its Bergby Project in Sweden and its Kietyönmäki Project in Finland, United Lithium is well-positioned to provide European industries with lithium. Both projects are well-advanced. It will be possible to mine and sell lithium concentrates tariff-free into the European Union at both sites since the lithium resources are situated at or near-surface.
Remarkable new Bergby findings suggest the project’s potential has grown considerably. ULTH will gain a competitive edge in the lithium sector by using its patented chemical extraction method to get significantly higher lithium recoveries than the industry norm. It seems that United Lithium is a low-risk lithium exploration play with direct exposure to Europe’s robust EV and battery industries, with just 52.78 million shares outstanding and a small $60.4 million market value.