The flow rate of 45,600 gallons per day shows there is a good amount of pressure within the well which will make for low future operating costs.
Leaving the well open will facilitate the collection of additional bulk samples of brine future test work.
Anson’s managing director Bruce Richardson said: “In order to fast track the Paradox Brine Project into production the properties of the brine when extracted need to be understood to ensure that all of the advantages that it offers can be taken into account when designing the production flow chart.
“Higher than normal pressure at this depth will assist in maintaining flow rates, a temperature of 830F will assists in the process if evaporation is required, as the initial test work done by Outotec indicates.
“For example, if less energy is needed to evaporate the brine to cause some salts to precipitate and further concentrate lithium in the brine solution, then it would be expected that there will be an positive impact on operating costs.”