REGINA – Stoughton was the epicentre of the Bakken boom, and now it appears the exact same area is drawing interest for lithium development.

Ten blocks went up for bid in Saskatchewan’s most recent subsurface mineral rights sale (not oil and gas), and they indicated expansion of areas already in play. All blocks were prospective for lithium brine.

The Government of Saskatchewan’s subsurface mineral public offering held on Monday, Nov. 27, generated $1,459,502 in revenue, driven by lithium interest in the province’s southeast.

Ten subsurface permit blocks totaling 3,330 hectares were posted in the current public offering. Each of these blocks received acceptable bids, according to the Ministry of Energy and Resources.

Hub City Lithium expanded its holdings in the Stoughton area, by far spending the most money. It is 25 per cent owned by ROK Resources (which is also the operator) and 75 per cent by EMP Metals.

Hub City Lithium’s first well, southwest of Stoughton. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

The highest bid was $894,684 from Hub City Lithium Corp. for a 1,193 hectare-block five kilometres southwest of Stoughton, east of Weyburn, that is prospective for lithium in formation water.

In total, Hub City Lithium Corp. bid $1,169,485 to acquire five permits totaling 1,645 hectares. All five permits are in the Stoughton area and are prospective for lithium in formation water.

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Those five blocks where all close to where Hub City has already drilled two targeted lithium wells, and in the general vicinity of where it has intended to develop a pilot project.

These permits are located in the Stoughton area, east of Weyburn, and are prospective for lithium in formation water.

The other four blocks in the Stoughton area were bought by Synergy Land Services, a land agent. Synergy Land Services Ltd. bid $81,548 to acquire four permits totaling 647 hectares. Three were within close proximity of Stoughton, one being a section touching the northeast corner of Stoughton, and a quarter to the east and another to the west. A further section was southwest of Stoughton, and southwest of where Hub City had drilled its initial wells.

On the other side of the province, NRG Land Solutions Inc. bid $208,469 to acquire one permit totaling 1,037 hectares, located six kilometres southeast of Kerrobert. The permit is also prospective for lithium.

Grounded Lithium has already picked up extensive holdings to the south of that block of four sections. As a land agent was used, it is not clear if this was Grounded expanding its holdings, or if another player is involved.

The next subsurface mineral public offering for the current fiscal year is scheduled for February 12, 2024.

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Lithium in SK, Part 22: Arizona Lithium is running its pilot plant for Torquay project, elaborates on commercialization plans for 2025

Lithium in SK, Part 21: Arizona Lithium begins work on future commercial site near Torquay

 

Lithium in SK, Part 20: Hub City Lithium again finds some of the high concentrations in Canada, announcing second test well results

Lithium in SK, Part 19: Grounded Lithium’s Kindersley project could cost $447 million to build, but bring in $350 million per year

Lithium in SK, Part 18: Hub City Lithium drills second targeted well in Viewfield area, near Stoughton

Lithium in SK, Part 17: Lithium prices have come down … to only US$70,000 a tonne. A decade ago, they were US$7,000

Lithium in SK, Part 16: Arizona Lithium closes Prairie Lithium deal

Lithium in SK, Part 15: Grounded Lithium lays out its development plan

Lithium in SK, Part 14: Prairie Lithium gets federal money, acquisition deal to close soon

Lithium in SK, Part 13B: Hub City announces highest lithium concentration to date, by a significant margin

Lithium in SK: Part 13: Coming into lithium with revenue already flowing from oil

Lithium in SK, Part 12: Hub City Lithium shows promising results northeast of Weyburn

Lithium in SK, Part 11: A detailed video on lithium geology in SE Sask

Lithium in SK, Part 10: A helium explorer who found lithium responds

Lithium in SK, Part 9: And the acquisitions begin, with Prairie Lithium to be acquired by Arizona Lithium

Lithium in SK, Part 8: Ministry of Energy and Resources response to primacy of rights issues

Lithium in SK: Part 7b: The rent’s due, and so is the LLR

Lithium in SK, Part 7: Dealing with an embarrassment of riches – sorting out the primacy of rights

Lithium in SK, Part 6: Direct Lithium Extraction is the multi-billion dollar question

Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

Lithium in SK, Part 4: Prairie Lithium pursuing the idea there could be lithium in those brines

Lithium in SK, Part 3: Crown land sale reveals sixth entrant in Saskatchewan lithium exploration race

Lithium in SK, Part 2: Saskatchewan government launches lithium incentives

Lithium in SK Part 1: As the race for lithium takes off, Saskatchewan is seeing the dawn of a new industry