Petro-Lithium in Alberta
E3 Metals Corp's properties are comprised of 61 Alberta Metallic and Industrial Mineral Permits (Permit Map), which includes the rights for lithium, totaling 477,898 hectares (4779 square kilometres) that can be further sub-divided into seven separate sub-properties, or groups of contiguous permits (Area Map):
Clearwater Sub-Property: 17 contiguous permits totalling 138,990 hectares;
Exshaw Sub-Property: 26 contiguous permits totalling 201,710 hectares;
Rocky Sub-Property: 12 contiguous permits totalling 93,213 hectares.
Sunbreaker Sub-Property: 2 contiguous permits totalling 13,696 hectares
Sundre Sub-Property: 2 contiguous permits totalling 15,678 hectares
Kneehill Sub-Property: a single permit totalling 9184 hectares.
Drumheller Sub-Property: a single permit totalling 5427 hectares.
E3 Metals' permits cover the highly productive Leduc Reef Trend, part of the Devonian reef and platform, that have been historically tested to contain elevated concentrations of lithium. Results range up to 135mg/L in the reservoir E3 Metals holds, within and directly adjacent to the permit areas. It is generally accepted that the Leduc Reservoir contains lithium enriched petro-brines as it regularly returns anomalous concentrations.
The key to a "direct-brine" project (one without evaporation ponds) will be in the volume of water that can be produced from the reservoir that contains lithium. To increase the potential amount of lithium produced, more water will need to be drawn from the reservoir. This is one of the key reasons that the Leduc Reef Trend and Alberta were chosen by E3 Metals Corp. One vertical well completed through the reservoir, either by extending a currently available well that could be purchased from an oil and gas company or by drilling our own, could produce in the range of 5000m3 per day to 20,500m3 per day of lithium enriched water (1m3 = 1000L).
Significant infrastructure is in place in this region of Alberta that would assist in the production of lithium enriched water from this reservoir. There is also significant publicly available data from the historic oil drilling including the reservoir properties, historic and current production, drill cores, etc. This presents E3 Metals with the opportunity to advance the exploration and development of our properties very quickly.
E3 Metals' goal is to generate a mineral resource over one of our project areas within the next 12 months. Most of the data required to complete this exists and has been collected by the oil and gas companies exploring over the past 70 years in this area. E3 Metals intends to conduct a significant sampling program across all of our permit areas from currently available producing oil wells to identify and verify the concentrations of lithium across the reservoir.
Chris Doornbos (P.Geo), President, CEO and a Director of E3 Metals Corp., is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has read and approved the technical information contained in this website.
The diagram above represents a schematic cross section of the Devonian reservoir system within E3 Metals Clearwater Project Area. In this area, the Leduc and Cooking Lake Reservoirs form the target for our exploration and development work. Although oil and gas have been produced from the Leduc in Alberta for over 70 years, it represents only a portion of the total reservoir volume, the remaining is pore space filled with water, in our area, enriched with lithium. Given the highly prolific nature of the reservoir, our studies have shown that, using existing data derived from the exploitation of oil and gas, we can produce extremely large volumes of water from a single well.
*These wells would be either extended from currently existing wells that could be purchased from the oil and gas operator or drilled by E3 Metals Corp by applying for a drilling permit from the Alberta Government.
**These numbers represent the range of the total volume of water that could be produced from the reservoir.
The diagram above represents a schematic of the currently existing oil, gas and water extraction process. The emulsion fluid (containing oil, gas and water) is pumped to the surface, placed in an underground pipeline and delivered to a centralised separation facility. Generally, these facilities process fluids from multiple wells. The oil is currenlty removed and sold to the market and the water is pumped back into the reservoir.
Given the above process and infrastructure is currently in place, it would be conceivably quite simple for E3 Metals to potentially construct a Lithium Extraction Facility at the back end of one of these currently existing water separation facilities.