Lithium well is a game-changer for Alberta’s energy transition


In a province that has been drilling for generations and known for its oil and gas, this is a first.

A rig in Alberta’s historic Leduc oilfield is drilling not for oil, but for lithium.

In June, Imperial Oil Ltd. announced that it had signed an agreement to invest $6.35 million in E3 Lithium, a Calgary-based junior resource company that has developed technology to extract natural lithium – a light metal that is a key element in the batteries used in electric vehicles – from brines from oilfields.

Alberta has one of Canada’s largest lithium resources, although there was little interest in developing a lithium industry until the recent growth of electric vehicles and an exponential increase in the demand for lithium-ion batteries.

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E3 Lithium’s vice president of resource development, Peter Ratzlaff, is pleased with the progress of the project.

“This is our own source of lithium here in Canada. We are not dependent on places like South America, Australia and even China for these sources of materials.


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This is a major milestone for the lithium business. After two successful wells, E3 is now extracting brine from the ground. It is then used to test technology that the company has taken years to develop.

“This is an ion exchange process that is used to extract a low concentration of lithium from the brine, which comes out of the Leduc formation,” Ratzlaff said.

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When it comes to changing Alberta’s economy, the focus is on new industries like lithium. The company says it really is the perfect complement to the oil and gas industry.

Robin Boschman, director of external relations for E3 Lithium, said this turnover is an easy transition.

“We will be able to reuse and repurpose much of the oil and gas infrastructure. And when we get to commercial operations, we expect to create a lot of stable, long-term jobs in a new economy for Alberta and Canada.


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This is exactly the type of development organizations like Energy Future Lab that we help promote. To help and ensure that as the world looks for new ways to propel the economy, Alberta will be ready. Juli Rohl, director of Energy Future Lab, thinks so.

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“It will mean scaling up to develop new technologies and understand new techniques, but it’s something that’s very transferable from the oil and gas industry.”

E3 also touts the value of developing a resource as close to home as possible.

“We know there are growing concerns about the security of global supply chains right now,” Rohl said. “We’ve kind of seen the impacts of that over the last few years, so having both the resources and the processing technologies here at home is a total game-changer.”

— With a file by Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

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