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TLC Lithium Project

TLC Lithium Project, Nevada

The strategically-located TLC claystones project is located in one of the world’s most under developed lithium sedimentary basins, near the town of Tonopah in Nevada. Notably, it is in the same geological environment as Albemarle’s world-class Silver Peak lithium mine and several advanced-stage lithium projects.

Project Highlights

  • Expansive, near-surface deposit (3,343 ha)
  • Existing resource:
    • Measured & Indicated: 5.37 million tonnes LCE
    • Inferred: 1.76 million tonnes LCE
  • Near surface resource amenable to low-cost, sustainable mining methods
  • Targeting production of battery-grade lithium
  • Supportive government and local communities
  • 3.5 hours drive to Tesla’s giga-factory
  • Co-recipient of US DoE $2.54 M government grant
  • Advancing towards a PEA and pilot production
  • Baseline studies have confirmed no species or habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act are present within the Project Area.


The TLC claims are located 6 miles northwest of Tonopah in Big Smoky Valley, which is best known for hosting a large solar power plant. TLC’s proximity to Tonopah offers ready access to paved roads, electricity, water and skilled labor.

The region is a center of epithermal mineralization that produced 138 million ounces of silver, as well as considerable molybdenum output too.

Nearby town of Tonopah, Nevada

Nearby Crescent Dunes Solar Project

Tonopah Lithium Claims

The Tonopah Lithium Claims (TLC) Project is a sedimentary lithium claystone deposit located near the regional hub and county seat in the town of Tonopah, Nevada. Consequently, logistics (paved roads, power, etc.) are superior for development and water resources are not constricted as at Clayton Valley.

2019 drill program samples assayed up to 2,285 ppm lithium with numerous samples over 1,000 ppm lithium. Associated grab samples over 2 square miles showed up to 1,690 ppm lithium, with 28% of samples over 1,000 ppm lithium. Company spectrographic analysis identified samples as high as 2,460 ppm lithium.

In May 2020, a maiden mineral resource was established. TLC currently hosts 3.35Mt lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) measured resources, 2.02Mt LCE indicated resources and 1.76Mt LCE inferred resources.

TLC Project NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Statement

  • Lithium Resource estimate was published on 15 April 2020
  • Results show that all lithium resources on the TLC Property are mineable with a favorable stripping ratio
  • Measured and Indicated: 5.37m tonnes LCE
  • Inferred: 1.76m tonnes LCE
  • Initial resource estimate indicates that TLC is a quality asset and recommends the company embarks on its PEA to progress the project


Tonopah is an unincorporated town and county seat of Nye County, Nevada, United States. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 6 and 95, approximately midway between Las Vegas and Reno. It is home to the second-richest silver strike in Nevada history and was explored extensively since the early 1900’s.

The TLC project is a new lithium claystone discovery located to the northwest just outside of Tonopah.

Tonopah, NV circa 1913 at the height of the silver mining boom

Famous Mizpah silver mine headframe


2019 drill program intersected samples up to 2,460 ppm lithium with numerous samples over 1,000 ppm lithium. Surface grab samples taken on the TLC claims, assay from 220 ppm to 1810 ppm lithium, with multiple samples above 1,000 ppm lithium. Clay, silt, volcanic ash and diatomaceous earth are interlayered with sandstone and conglomerate.

Environmental Advantages of TLC

  • Baseline studies have confirmed no species or habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act are present within the Project Area.
  • Unique characteristics of TLC claystone mineralization – near surface, easy to mine and highly leachable - position TLC for best recovery process from an environmental perspective.
  • Recovery methods adopted for lithium extraction will focus on minimizing environmental impacts while maximizing project economics.
  • Minviro Sustainability Consultants have been retained to provide life cycle assessments for the production of battery grade lithium at TLC again focusing on minimizing environmental impacts.
  • While focused on processes that will be as water efficient as possible, the Company has secured water rights locally and will minimize impacts to the land and water surrounding TLC.


  • American Lithium aims to lead the way with low-cost recovery of lithium from the TLC claystone sediments.
  • American Lithium will continue to verify and expand it’s resource via drilling and formally establish the resource is amenable to low-cost recovery.
  • Once Plan of Operations approval has been finalized by BLM the next phase of operations will commence at TLC including:
    • Up to 95 new drill sites to further understand / characterize the extensive TLC resource and to enable resource expansion to the north, south and west of the current resource, to upgrade existing resource classifications and to maximize flexibility as Company moves to Preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”). Click link for latest TLC Plan of Operations Map.
    • Up to 5 large test pits are planned to provide bulk sample material for metallurgical testing as the Company moves to finalize and optimize its flow-sheet design to produce battery-grade lithium products and to maximize project economics while minimizing environmental footprint.
    • One 5-acre laydown area intended for future pilot plant work for feasibility phase.
    • Biological and cultural surveys that can be used for future permitting work for feasibility phase and future mine plan, without additional cost.