by Greg Klein | March 30, 2016
A purchase agreement with Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC will have Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA looking for lithium in Nevada. Belmont plans to acquire the Kibby Basin property and anticipates a program of mapping and surface sampling during the current exploration season, the companies announced March 30.
Totalling about 1,036 hectares, the claims sit 65 kilometres north of Clayton Valley, home to North America’s only lithium producer, Albemarle Corp’s NYSE:ALB Silver Peak mine, and a busy area play. Previous research of the Kibby Basin “has indicated that proximal rhyolitic flows and tuffs surrounding the Basin could be a potential source for the possibility of saturated lithium brine in the Kibby Basis Playa,” Belmont stated. “In addition to this, the Kibby Playa is located within a geothermal cluster, at a Basin low setting.” Regional geophysical signatures show anomalies comparable to those of the Clayton Valley, the company added.
Current and projected demand from lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics, electric vehicles and energy storage present a bullish case for lithium. In February Benchmark Mineral Intelligence reported a 47% increase in this year’s lithium carbonate prices over the 2015 average.
The Kibby Basin deal has Belmont giving Zimtu $5,000 on signing, $20,000 and 500,000 shares on TSXV approval and another 500,000 shares six months later. Zimtu retains a 1.5% NSR, half of which Belmont may buy for $1 million.
Belmont also announced a private placement of up to $350,000 for the Kibby Basin project and general working capital.
As part of its business model, Zimtu acts as a project generator to provide other companies with properties and advisory services.