Portofino executes agreement to acquire Yergo lithium project in Argentina

The Yergo project is located approximately 30 kilometres south of Portofino’s Project II (pictured here). Photo by Portofino Resources.

Canada’s Portofino Resources (TSXV: POR) (FSE: POT) executed an amended agreement this week with a private Argentine concession to acquire a 100% interest in the Yergo lithium project in the northwestern Catamarca province.

The red dots indicate Portofino’s lithium projects in Argentina.

In a press release, Portofino said the 2,932-hectare project encompasses a full salar and is located approximately 30 kilometres south of the company’s 85%-owned Project II, where surface water and auger brine samples averaged 274 mg/l of lithium. The property is also 20 kilometres south-east of Neo Lithium’s 3Q project.

To be able to acquire a 100% interest in Yergo, the Vancouver-based miner has agreed to make escalating annual payments to the vendor over a 48-month period totaling $370,000.

“We are very pleased to have been able to renegotiate a (previously announced) agreement that decreases our acquisition costs and enables us access to a historically unexplored lithium brine salar within the lithium producing province of Catamarca,” David Tafel, Portofino’s CEO, said in the media brief. “The Yergo location enhances our project portfolio and we intend to commence a surface sampling program during the current Argentine summer period.”

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