Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, could make strides in the global lithium market valued at over $37 billion. Thor Explorations Ltd. announced that initial drilling results from its lithium exploration have yielded significant findings of mineralized pegmatites.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Segun Lawson, the President and CEO of Thor Explorations, expressed optimism about the results, stating, “We are extremely encouraged by the first set of results from our initial drilling campaign, which was designed to confirm the development of lithium-bearing minerals within pegmatite bodies.”
Thor Explorations, a Canadian mineral exploration company, is active in Nigeria, Senegal, and Burkina Faso. The company holds a 100 percent interest in the Segilola Gold Project in Osun State and has secured over 600 square kilometers of exploration tenure in Nigeria, particularly in Oyo, Kwara, and Ekiti States.
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Nigeria’s untapped lithium potential presents a promising opportunity for the country to enter the growing lithium market. With increasing demand for lithium-based power due to the electric vehicle (EV) market’s growth, Nigeria’s lithium deposits could play a significant role.
Thor’s study underscores Nigeria’s favorable geological settings, making it a prime candidate for larger-scale mining. The country’s ambition to diversify its economy away from petroleum production aligns with the potential of its lithium supply chain.
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