LIFT intersects 16 m at 1.26% Li2O at its Echo pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

March 13, 2024 – Vancouver, B.C., Li-FT Power Ltd. (“LIFT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report assays from 8 drill holes completed at the Echo, Fi Main, Fi Southwest, & Fi Boye pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project (“YLP”) located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). Drilling intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:   


  • YLP-0216: 16 m at 1.26% Li2O, (Echo)
    and: 10 m at 1.57% Li2O
    and: 10 m at 1.29% Li2O
  • YLP-0213: 14 m at 1.20% Li2O, (Echo)
    and: 15 m at 0.73% Li2O
    including: 2 m at 1.43% Li2O
    and: 1 m at 0.59% Li2O
  • YLP-0208: 10 m at 0.95% Li2O, (Echo)
    including: 6 m at 1.38% Li2O
    and: 3 m at 1.00% Li2O
  • YLP-0207: 10 m at 0.95% Li2O, (Echo)
    including: 5 m at 1.47% Li2O
    and: 1 m at 0.79% Li2O
  • YLP-0211: 10 m at 0.91% Li2O, (Echo)
    including: 4 m at 1.85% Li2O
    and: 6 m at 0.54% Li2O
    and: 9 m at 0.50% Li2O
    and: 4 m at 0.50% Li2O

Discussion of Results

This news release provides results for eight drill holes (1,428 m), five of which are from the 2024 winter program and three from the 2023 drilling. The five holes from the winter program were all drilled at the Echo pegmatite complex whereas the 2023 holes are from the Fi Main, Fi Southwest, and Fi Boye pegmatites. A table of composite calculations, general comments related to this discussion, and a table of collar headers are provided towards the end of this section.

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “The Echo pegmatite is living up to initial expectations. We are seeing a complex stacked set of spodumene pegmatites that are shallow-dipping which is very favorable for open pit mining. Drill hole YLP-0216 intersected three branches of pegmatite that total 36 meters within one drill hole.”

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far focused on the Near Field Group of pegmatites which are located to the east of the city of Yellowknife along a government-maintained paved highway, as well as the Echo target in the Further Afield Group.

Echo Pegmatite System

The Echo pegmatite complex comprises a fanning splay of moderate to gently dipping dykes at its northwest end (“Echo splay”) that consolidates into a steeply dipping, northwest-trending, feeder dyke (“Echo feeder”). The dyke complex has a total strike length of over 1.0 km with individual dykes up to 25 m wide. The holes in this news release were all drilled into the Echo splay and are described from nearest to furthest from the Echo feeder dyke. 

YLP-0216 was collared 400 m northwest of the Echo feeder to test the Echo splay approximately 250 m from its northwestern mapped extent, <25 to 100 m below the surface, and 50 m downdip of previously released YLP-0128 (1.24% Li2O over 10 m and 1.20% Li2O over 5 m). Drilling intersected an 87 m interval with 50 m of pegmatite spread over three dykes between 13-23 m in width. Assays returned significant composites for all three of these dykes, with the upper one returning 1.57% Li2O over 10 m, the middle dyke assaying 1.29% Li2O over 10 m, and the lower-most one returning 1.26% Li2O over 16 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 3).

Figure 2: – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Echo pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Figure 3: – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0216 with results as shown in the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 16 m interval of 1.26% Li2O.

YLP-0207 tested the Echo splay on a section 50 m northwest of YLP-0216, approximately 450 m northwest of the Echo feeder, 200 m from its northwestern mapped extent, 25-50 m below the surface, and 100 m up-dip from YLP-0213 (see below). Drilling intersected a 65 m wide interval with 25 m of pegmatite spread over three dykes that are between 6-12 m wide. Assays returned composites of 0.95% Li2O over 10 m from the upper-most dyke, which includes 5 m of 1.47% Li2O, as well as 0.79% Li2O over 1 m from the second dyke.

YLP-0213 tested the same section as YLP-207 but with intersections targeted 50 m further downdip to 75-100 m below the surface. Drilling intersected two dyke corridors separated by 55 m of country rock. The upper corridor is 66 m wide with 30 m of pegmatite spread over a 16 m wide dyke and five subsidiary dykes between 1-6 m in width. The lower corridor comprises a single dyke that is 23 m wide. Assays returned 1.20% Li2O over 14 m from the thick dyke in the upper corridor along with 0.59% Li2O over 1 m from one of the subsidiary dykes. The lower corridor returned a composite of 0.73% Li2O over 15 m that includes 2 m of 1.43% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 4). 

Figure 4: – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0213 with results as shown in the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 14 m interval of 1.20% Li2O.

YLP-0211 was collared 100 m northwest of YLP-0213 to test the Echo splay approximately 550 m from the feeder dyke, 100 m from its northwest extent, 50-100 m below the surface, and 50 m downdip of YLP-0203 (1.24% Li2O over 13 m). Drilling intersected two intervals of increased pegmatite; an upper one that is 35 m wide with 20 m of pegmatite spread over three dykes between 4-10 m in width as well as a lower one that is 17 m wide and contains 13 m of pegmatite. Assays for the upper interval returned 0.91% Li2O over 10 m and 0.54% Li2O over 6 m, the former including 4 m of 1.85% Li2O. The lower interval returned composites of 0.50% Li2O over 9 m and 0.50% Li2O over 4 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 5). 

Figure 5: – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0211 with results as shown in the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 0.91% Li2O.

YLP-0208 tested the tip of the Echo splay just 50 m from its northwest mapped extent, 600 m from the feeder dyke, 50-100 m below the surface, and 50 m downdip of YLP-0202 (0.90% Li2O over 3 m and 0.50% Li2O over 7 m). Drilling intersected a 58 m wide interval with 32 m of pegmatite spread over four dykes between 3-12 m in width. Assay composites for the upper-most dyke returned 0.95% Li2O over 10 m that includes 6 m at 1.38% Li2O whereas the lower-most dyke returned 1.00% Li2O over 3 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 6).

Figure 6: – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0208 with results as shown in the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 0.95% Li2O.

Fi Main Pegmatite

The Fi Main pegmatite is located 250 m to the northeast of the Fi-SW pegmatite complex and crops out over at least 1.5 km of strike length. The structure dips between 70°-85° to the west-northwest and consists of two or more dykes that appear to coalesce in the central part of the complex. 

YLP-0190 tested the Fi Main complex approximately 200 m north of the historically mapped northern end extent of the complex and 400 m north of the 2nd most northerly hole (YLP-0024) that returned 1.12% Li2O over 24 m. Drilling intersected a 126 m wide corridor with 31 m of pegmatite split among two 11 m wide dykes as well as five 1-3 m wide dykes. No significant assay results were returned (Table 1 & 2, Figure 7).

Fi Boye Pegmatite

The Fi Boye pegmatite comprises a corridor of mostly north-south striking, steeply east-dipping, dykes that run parallel to, and lie 500-700 m west of, the Fi Main complex. The Fi Boye corridor has at least 1.7 km of striking length, contains between 1-5 dykes, and ranges from approximately 10-200 m in width. Only two holes were drilled on this dyke in 2023, one of which is reported below. 

YLP-0186 was drilled to test the Fi Boye dyke approximately 500 m from its northern mapped extent and 100 m beneath the surface. Drilling intersected a 25 m wide corridor with 21 m of pegmatite that returned negligible assay results (Table 1 & 2, Figure 7). 

Figure 7 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Main and Fi Boye pegmatites with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Fi Southwest Pegmatite

The Fi SW dyke strikes over at least 1.1 km on surface with an average outcropping width of approximately 20 m. The dyke dips between 60°- 80° to the east-southeast and trends towards the north-northeast. Drilling of Fi SW show that it ranges from a single 20-40 m wide dyke to 2-3 dykes of similar cumulative width within a 50-70 m wide corridor.

YLP-0187 tested the Fi SW pegmatite approximately 150 m from its northern mapped extent and 250 m vertically below the surface, as well as 50 m, 125 m, and 200 m downdip of, respectively, previously released intersections that ranged between 1.2-1.5% Li2O over 12-23 m (YLP-0031, 0047, 0125). Drilling intersected a 20 m wide pegmatite dyke that returned negligible grade (Table 1 & 2, Figure 8).

Figure 8 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Southwest pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

Table 1 – Assay highlights for drill holes reported in this press release.

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Li2O% Dyke
YLP-0186 No significant results Fi Boye
YLP-0187 No significant results Fi SW
YLP-0190 No significant results Fi Main
YLP-0207 27 37 10 0.95 Echo
inc 30 35 5 1.47
and 52 53 1 0.79
YLP-0208 37 47 10 0.95 Echo
inc 38 44 6 1.38
and 86 89 3 1.00
YLP-0211 50 60 10 0.91 Echo
inc 53 57 4 1.85
and 79 85 6 0.54
and 118 127 9 0.50
and 131 135 4 0.50
YLP-0213 37 38 1 0.59 Echo
and 68 82 14 1.20
and 149 164 15 0.73
inc 162 164 2 1.43
YLP-0216 15 25 10 1.57 Echo
and 62 72 10 1.29
and 77 93 16 1.26

General Statements

All eight holes described in this news release were drilled broadly perpendicular to the dyke orientation so that the true thickness of reported intercepts will range somewhere between 65-100% of the drilled widths. A collar header table is provided below.

Mineralogical characterization for the YLP- pegmatites is in progress through hyperspectral core scanning and X-ray diffraction work. Visual core logging indicates that the predominant host mineral is spodumene.

Table 2 - Drill collars table of reported drill holes in this press release

Drill Hole NAD83 Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Depth (m) Dyke
YLP-0186 Zone 12 371,056 6,942,338 253 93 46 138 Fi Boye
YLP-0187 Zone 12 371,554 6,940,936 251 302 70 396 Fi SW
YLP-0190 Zone 12 371,850 6,942,452 255 108 45 159 Fi Main
YLP-0207 Zone 12 439,057 6,922,657 307 215 45 105 Echo
YLP-0208 Zone 12 438,937 6,922,745 295 215 45 111 Echo
YLP-0211 Zone 12 438,994 6,922,739 301 215 48 150 Echo
YLP-0213 Zone 12 439,094 6,922,711 304 215 45 180 Echo
YLP-0216 Zone 12 439,146 6,922,698 303 215 45 189 Echo

QA/QC & Core Sampling Protocols

All drill core samples were collected under the supervision of LIFT employees and contractors. Drill core was transported from the drill platform to the core processing facility where it was logged, photographed, and split by diamond saw prior to being sampled. Samples were then bagged, and blanks and certified reference materials were inserted at regular intervals. Field duplicates consisting of quarter-cut core samples were also included in the sample runs. Groups of samples were placed in large bags, sealed with numbered tags in order to maintain a chain-of-custody, and transported from LIFT’s core logging facility to ALS Labs (“ALS”) laboratory in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Sample preparation and analytical work for this drill program were carried out by ALS. Samples were prepared for analysis according to ALS method CRU31: individual samples were crushed to 70% passing through 2 mm (10 mesh) screen; a 1,000-gram sub-sample was riffle split (SPL-21) and then pulverized (PUL-32) such that 85% passed through 75 micron (200 mesh) screen. A 0.2-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was then dissolved in a sodium peroxide solution and analysed for lithium according to ALS method ME-ICP82b. Another 0.2-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was analysed for 53 elements according to ALS method ME-MS89L. All results passed the QA/QC screening at the lab, all inserted standards and blanks returned results that were within acceptable limits.

Qualified Person

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding LIFT’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Ron Voordouw, Ph.D., P.Geo., Partner, Director Geoscience, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd., and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101) and member in good standing with the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) (Geologist Registration number: L5245).

About LIFT

LIFT is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of lithium pegmatite projects located in Canada. The Company’s flagship project is the Yellowknife Lithium Project located in Northwest Territories, Canada. LIFT also holds three early-stage exploration properties in Quebec, Canada with excellent potential for the discovery of buried lithium pegmatites, as well as the Cali Project in Northwest Territories within the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group.

For further information, please contact:

Francis MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
Tel:  + 1.604.609.6185
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.li-ft.com

Daniel Gordon
Investor Relations
Tel: +1.604.609.6185
Email: [email protected]

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