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Lithium Chile Hits 480 mg/L of Lithium Brine on 1ST Drill Hole at Ollague, Chile


CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire -- Lithium Chile Inc. ("Lithium Chile") is pleased to announce that lithium-bearing brines have been intersected by the first of four drill holes at its wholly-owned Ollague project located in the Antofagasta Region of Chile.   Hole DDH-OLL-01-18 encountered an aquifer hosting lithium-bearing brines at a depth of 110 meters which continued to a depth of 290 meters. This continuous 180-meter zone of brine returned grades of up to 480mg/L lithium. The average grade over the last 60 meters was 470 mg/L lithium.

Lithium Chile - Ollague Project
Location of lithium-bearing brines intersected by four drill holes at Lithium Chile's wholly-owned Ollague project, located in the Antofagasta Region of Chile.

Steve Cochrane, President and CEO of Lithium Chile, commented: "Hitting such a thick and continuous zone of lithium-bearing brine on our very first hole at Ollague is a huge testament to the ability of our exploration team in Chile. I am extremely pleased that in our first exploration hole we have returned values that rival the average grades in Argentina. I am delighted that we have made a potentially significant lithium discovery at the very start of our drilling activity."

Hole DDH-OLL-01-18 is located in the shallower, southwestern edge of the Ollague salar and bottomed at 300 meters.  Hole # 2 was also drilled in the southwestern edge of the salar (now completed) with assays pending.  Hole # 3 (now completed) and hole # 4 (in progress) are targeting the center of the Ollague salar where the Company anticipates that the zone will continue to deeper depths.

The depths intersected coincide very closely with the main low conductivity zone detected by the transient electromagnetic survey ("TEM") completed by Lithium Chile during March, 2018 (see news release dated April 3, 2018) which supports Lithium Chile's interpretation that the salar is open to significantly deeper depths.

Hole DDH-OLL-01-18

Depth (m) K mg/l Li mg/l Mg mg/l
50 <500 10 233
70 <500 20 276
90 <500 10 193
110 <500 10 206
130 1200 150 1140
150 2000 270 2070
170 2400 260 2530
190 3500 370 3505
210 3400 360 3400
230 3600 380 3600
250 4300 460 4300
270 4500 470 4370
290 4600 480 4500

As this was an unsealed exploration hole which was drilled with fresh water, the samples values presented above are likely to have been diluted by drilling fluids and fresher up hole water.  Nevertheless, these results are highly significant in Lithium Chile's view.

As a result of these significant results and the fact that grades are increasing with depth, management is evaluating the feasibility of drilling hole #4 deeper and potentially drilling another hole as well to more fully evaluate the salar at deeper depths.

The water samples were tested on site for salinity and conductivity and then bottled and sealed on site and shipped to ALS Patagonia, an accredited laboratory, where they were analysed for lithium and 25 other major and trace elements using the ICP analytical technique.

This news release has been reviewed by Terence Walker, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration and a qualified person as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101.

About Lithium Chile

Lithium Chile is advancing a lithium property portfolio consisting of 152,900 hectares covering sections of 14 salars and 1 laguna complex in Chile.

Lithium Chile's common shares are listed on the TSX-V under the symbol "LITH" and on the OTC-QB under the symbol "LTMCF".

To find out more about Lithium Chile Inc., please contact Steven Cochrane, President & CEO  via e mail:  or alternately, Jeremy Ross, VP Business Development, at (604) 537-7556 or via email: .

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,


Steven Cochrane
President & CEO


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You are cautioned that the following list of material factors and assumptions is not exhaustive.  Specific material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the general stability of the economic and political environment in which the Company operates; the timely receipt of required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain future financing on acceptable terms; currency, exchange and interest rates; operating costs; the success the Company will have in exploring its prospects and the results from such prospects.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements herein, except as required by applicable securities laws.  All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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