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New Lithium Sampling Tool Will Help Find More Lithium, And Produce More From Known Lithium Brine Resources.

The Borehole Formation Tester released by Zelandez will deliver actionable
lithium-aquifer data to lithium brine developers, helping to produce more lithium and reducing the cost of lithium exploration.

World's slimmest formation tester

Austin, Texas, March 5, 2024 — Zelandez, the leading provider of technology to the
lithium brine industry, today announced the availability of its new Borehole Formation
Tester (BFT) to lithium developers worldwide.

  • The slimmest pump-through formation tester ever made has been delivered to
    the lithium sector.
  • The advanced tool can analyze fluid underground in real-time and capture
    multiple clean lithium brine samples from a well, for further testing.
  • This technology helps increase lithium production and reduce costs for lithium

The BFT is the world’s slimmest pump-through formation tester designed to specifically address lithium miners’ needs by measuring aquifer pressure, analyzing fluids downhole in real-time, and obtaining representative brine samples. It significantly reduces the costs of lithium brine development when compared to the less accurate incumbent ‘packer testing method’.

Lithium developers will no longer depend on large expensive rig-deployed sampling, which has high supply costs, to retrieve brine samples from below ground. The BFT reduces the time needed to sample quality lithium brine. Contaminated brine samples will become a thing of the past.

The BFT provides detailed pressure and productivity data and allows clients' hydrogeology teams to optimize brine and lithium production. It speeds up the development period required to bring lithium to market at a lower cost.

Currently, no product or service offers lithium operations the level of pressure measurement, fluid characterization, and reservoir testing that the BFT does.

“The world needs more lithium. The old way of sampling lithium was just too slow and too cumbersome. It was making it hard to find new lithium brine resources and to bring more lithium to market. The Borehole Formation Tester changes that - it changes the game for lithium developers. The BFT is another example of Zelandez innovating specifically for the needs of the lithium market,” said Gene Morgan, CEO of Zelandez.

“The BFT was built to address the specific challenges of aquifer testing and fluid sampling in lithium brine exploration and production. Instead of it taking weeks, it delivers results within hours or days.”

The BFT enables the lithium mining industry to conduct rigless pressure and permeability testing and fluid sampling in slim boreholes down to 122mm (PQ). The BFT provides testing and sampling in low permeability, laminated, fractured, unconsolidated, and heterogeneous formations. It enhances lithium miners’ decision- making by delivering real-time access to actionable aquifer data. Through enhanced definition of the complex sub-surfaces poor well deliverability is mitigated. 

It also enables miners to understand better and meet their reinjection requirements.

“While Formation Testers are commonplace in the Oil and Gas industry, their size and cost have made them impractical for use in the brinefield. The BFT has miniaturized this technology for lithium miners” adds Morgan.

Zelandez’s BFT serves the testing and sampling needs of the lithium brine, groundwater, hard rock, coal seam gas, natural hydrogen, and helium sectors.

Zelandez is the leader in brinefield services and provides a comprehensive suite of technology for lithium brine explorers and producers, including full wrap-around integrated project management, modular lithium production plants, sensors, and expert geoscience and engineering know-how. Zelandez works with the majority of lithium mining companies in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and North America.

For More Information
Matt Adams

BFT Director of Sales
Tel: +61 467 726 027
E-Mail: [email protected]

Matt Adams

March 19, 2024


Kerry and Mel

Zelandez Announces New United States Country Manager and Head of North American Business Development.

Zelandez, the leading global provider of services to the lithium brine industry, today announced the appointment of Kerry McCallum as the company’s United States (U.S) Country Manager and Brinefield Management Lead. Melissa Reichard is the new North American Business Development Lead. All appointments are essential components of the company’s business growth objectives for the North American region and will assist Zelandez to capitalize on the solid growth in US-based lithium development.

McCallum has nearly 20 years of experience in technology and exploration and will be responsible for new customer engagement, business growth, and customer relationship management across the U.S and Canada. Previously McCallum worked for Palantir Technologies and the Dewhurst Group. He has an MSc in Engineering Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  

 “The lithium industry in the United States and Canada is at an inspiring stage. As North America continues to build its critical mineral independence, particularly in lithium, there will be a greater demand for the specialized services and technology that Zelandez provides to the lithium brine sector. I’m excited to take advantage of these business opportunities and work alongside the great team that we are building in North America. We will be focusing on assisting some of the best mining companies in the region to achieve their lithium production objectives,” says McCallum.

  Melissa brings over ten years of experience in engineering and sales positions in the global Oil and Gas sector and will be responsible for driving the growth of Zelandez in the North American market. Most recently, she led business development across the Western Hemisphere at WireCo. She has also built her experience at BK Corrosion and Baker Hughes. Melissa holds a chemical engineering degree from the Universidad de America, Bogota, Colombia

Zelandez recently announced the launch of its new specialized lithium brine recycling service. Critical challenges impacting the US domestic lithium mining industry is what drove the company’s expansion to North America. Its’ client base includes industry giants such as Rio Tinto, Albemarle, and Allkem. Zelandez holds a dominant position as the world’s provider of lithium brinefield services.

Kerry McCallum

February 6, 2024


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Older lithium mines helping America to achieve its alternative energy independence

Gene Morgan, co-founder and CEO of Zelandez, is featured in an exclusive article in this month's issue of North American Mining. Gene's article details how older lithium mines can help the United States achieve alternative energy independence. Gene discusses how older processes and technologies used in lithium mines should be avoided. He also explains why there should be greater adoption of newer technologies and processes, such as direct lithium extraction, that will help increase lithium production and modernize aging U.S. lithium mines. It also addresses the importance of monitoring brine and freshwater levels to verify that brine pumping is not adversely affecting water systems. Finally, the article also addresses the critical importance of human capital in the lithium mining sector. With the growth in demand for lithium-dependent energy sources, especially electric vehicles, this is a very relevant article.

You can read the article in North American Mining here:  What's old can be new again

Kerry McCallum

February 7, 2024


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