Smackover Lithium Brine Project

Low Risk, Near-Term Production Potential
  • Existing Regional Brine Production & Extensive Chemical Processing Infrastructure

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In January 2018, Standard Lithium entered an Option Agreement with NYSE-listed TETRA Technologies, to acquire the rights to conduct exploration, production and lithium extraction on 33,000 acres of brine leases located in an area of the Smackover Formation in southern Arkansas, known to be highly productive.
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The Smackover deposit may be one of the lithium industry’s most promising regions to develop, given the potential resource size and existing large-scale production infrastructure including active large-scale brine extraction, processing and brine re-injection facilities.
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Historical data from Standard Lithium lease area hows 370-424 mg/L lithium in brines (Moldovanyi and Walter, 1992)

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Standard Lithium Smackover Project

Up To 33,000 Net Brine Acres

The Smackover Formation which extends through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, has produced billions of barrels of brines over the last 80 years from an extensive and extremely well characterized aquifer.

Arkansas currently produces the equivalent of 42.6 million m3 (9,380,000,000 gallons) of brine per year (based on Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission reported average brine production from 2010-2016), almost entirely from the Smackover Formation primarily to produce bromine and bromine related chemicals.

Standard Lithium chose the Smackover Formation as a key development target, because it combines a very large resource potential, with well-studied and documented geology and hydrogeology, along with a permitting regime that has a long history of approving operations that remove, process and re-inject massive volumes of brine. Combined with a wealth of existing infrastructure in the project area (power, rail, gas, water, trained workforce, cheap reagents etc.), this makes Standard’s new opportunity in Southern Arkansas the perfect location to locate a modern lithium brine processing operation.

 

Project Highlights

  • The Smackover deposit may be one of the lithium industry’s most promising regions to develop, given the potential resource size and existing large-scale production infrastructure including active large-scale brine extraction, processing and brine re-injection facilities.
  • The 33,000 acre brine leases are a key development target that combines a very large resource potential, with well-studied and documented geology and hydrogeology, along with a permitting regime with a long history of approving operations that remove, process and re-inject massive volumes of brine.
  • A wealth of existing infrastructure in the project area including power, rail, gas, water, trained workforce and cost-effective reagents.
  • The Smackover Formation which extends through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, has produced billions of barrels of brine over the last 80 years from an extensive and extremely well characterized aquifer.
  • Historical data from Standard Lithium lease area shows 370-424 mg(L lithium in brines (Moldovanyi and Walter, 1992);
  • Arkansas currently produces the equivalent of 42.6 million m3 (9,380,000,000 gallons) of brine per year (based on Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission reported average brine production from 2010-2016), almost entirely from the Smackover Formation.
  • Low-risk, well understood geology and chemistry with significant existing brine production, re-injection and mineral extraction infrastructure throughout southern Arkansas.

 

 

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Standard Lithium Smackover

Regional Brine Producers

 

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Tetra Production Plant – El Dorado, Arkansas

 

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Lanxess Central Production Plant – El Dorado, Arkansas

 

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Albemarle South Production Plant – Magnolia, Arkansas