TLC LITHIUM PROJECT ("TLC"), NEVADA
The TLC Project is a near-surface “Made in America” lithium deposit – one that is amenable to low-cost, sustainable mining methods. Studies show that no protected plant or wildlife species are impacted by our operations.
The project itself is also located near the regional hub and county seat in the town of Tonopah, Nevada. Logistics (paved roads, power, etc.) are superior for development and water resources are not constricted as at Clayton Valley.
On December 1st, 2022, the Company announced an updated Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) that significantly increased the contained lithium resources for the TLC project. This MRE was completed as part of the process of compiling the maiden preliminary economic assessment and was incorporated into the Mine Plan within the maiden PEA, which was released on February 1st, 2023
TLC currently hosts 4.2Mt lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) measured resources, 4.63Mt LCE indicated resources and 1.86Mt LCE inferred resources.
3.8 Years Payback
IRR 27.5% (after-tax using USD$20k/t Li2Co3 selling price)
High Cash Flow
US$396M average annually
- After-tax NPV8: $3.26 B at $20,000/t LCE
- After-tax IRR: 27.5%
- After-tax payback: 3.8 years
- After-tax cash flow: $396 M
- Initial CapEx: $819 M, Total CapEx: $1431 M
- OpEx: Estimated at $7443/t LCE inclusive of power credits
- PEA mine plan produces 1.46 Mt LCE over 40 years.
- Average LOM production of ~ 38,000tpa LCE for 40 years
- Scalable, 40-year mine life producing battery-grade lithium carbonate (“Li2CO3”)
- Identical LCE production, added LOM average production of 1,681,856 tpa of magnesium sulfate (“MgSO4” – monohydrate and heptahydrate) by-products
- After-tax NPV8: $5.16 B at $20,000/t LCE & $150/t MgSO4
- After-tax IRR: 36.0%
- After-tax payback: 3.7 years
- After-tax cash flow: $591 M
- Initial CapEx: $827 M, Total CapEx: $1439 M
- OpEx: Estimated at $7443/t LCE inclusive of power credits; estimated at $817/t LCE, inclusive of power & MgSO4 credits.
- PEA mine plan produces 46 Mt LCE and 64.9 Mt MgSO4 over 40 years.
- Entire resource above the water table
- No groundwater, run-off or watershed issues
- Water rights secured
- Baseline studies have confirmed no species or habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act
- Low mercury, low arsenic, low radioactivity (uranium)
- Low contaminants in waste material
- Minviro Sustainability Consultants to provide life cycle assessments for the production of battery grade lithium, focusing on minimizing environmental impacts.
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.
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 1900s.
The TLC project is a new lithium claystone discovery located to the northwest just outside of Tonopah.