by Greg Klein | April 26, 2016
Umbral Energy CSE:UMB looks to Utah for lithium following an acquisition agreement with Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC for the Tule Valley project. Tule Valley bears similarities to Nevada’s lithium-rich Clayton Valley “as they are both closed basin and have similar horst and graben structures,” according to Umbral’s April 26 announcement. “The Tule Valley project requires further exploration, including geophysics and drilling, to evaluate potential for a mass brine deposit.”
The deal calls for Umbral to pay Zimtu $10,000 and 1.5 million shares on signing, another $20,000 within two months, $30,000 within three months, and $100,000 and 1.5 million shares within a year. A 2% NSR applies, half of which Umbral may buy for $1 million.
“Lithium has gone from a steady, but relatively obscure commodity to being in extremely high demand this year,” said Umbral president Jag Bal. “For an example of this rising demand, one only needs to point to Tesla’s new battery Gigafactory, which will need 15,000 tons of lithium carbonate a year just to get started.”
At Tesla’s Model 3 premiere earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk pronounced the Gigafactory “already operational.” Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst Simon Moores estimates at least 12 lithium-ion battery plants are being planned, constructed or expanded to gigawatt-hour capacity by 2020.
Umbral has a three-stage program for the 1,940-hectare property under consideration, which could include soil and surface sampling along with groundwater analysis, a high-resolution gravity survey and data compilation to select drill targets.
Zimtu works with its prospecting partners to connect companies with projects and provide advisory services.