Lithium from historic Alberta oil field

After 70 years of extracting oil with Leduc being their first major find it turns out they have a chance to repeat in the same location with lithium? We have a lot of what is needed for the transition, just a matter of investing in the sector.


Imperial Oil to extract lithium from historic Alberta oil field

Jeff Lagerquist

Thu, June 23, 2022, 10:57 a.m.

Imperial Oil (IMO.TO)(IMO) is teaming up with a Calgary-based lithium company to extract a key metal used in batteries from one of its oil fields in Alberta.

E3 Lithium (ETMC.V) and Imperial, one of Canada’s largest integrated oil companies, announced their collaboration on a pilot project on Thursday aimed at feeding growing global demand for critical minerals. The companies plan to draw lithium from under Imperial’s Leduc oil field using E3’s proprietary technology designed to extract lithium from brine.

“Leduc No.1, Imperial’s first well into this reservoir, was one of Imperial’s most prolific oil discoveries in Alberta and transformed the provincial and Canadian economies, much like lithium has the potential to do,” E3 CEO Chris Doornbos added in the press release.


A reminder that lithium is not rare. Certainly not a rare earth.

But processing to upgrade it to battery quality can be messy.

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A reminder that lithium is not rare. Certainly not a rare earth.

The “rare earths” aren’t rare - they are just quite difficult to refine, because there are several sets of them that, within each set, are very close to chemically identical. (And some of the sets aren’t all that much different from each other, as well.)

The “rare earths” aren’t rare - they are just quite difficult to refine…

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