Hell’s Kitchen Lithium
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Hell’s Kitchen Lithium Co.

Located in Imperial Valley, California Hell’s Kitchen Lithium Co. is the largest and most advanced thermal brine, lithium development in the United States.

Adopting the project name from the iconic ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ restaurant and bar previously built on the site in 1908, Hell’s Kitchen Lithium Co. will revolutionize global lithium product supply by combining direct lithium extraction technology with renewable power to deliver the world’s most sustainable battery-grade lithium products.

CTR’s engineering and technical consultant HATCH has adopted the internationally recognised NI 43-101 development process.  Hell’s Kitchen Lithium Co. is expected to produce its first output of 15,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent products (LCE) in 2023.

Hell’s Kitchen Lithium NI 43-101 development timeline

Hell’s Kitchen Lithium NI 43-101 development timeline

Direct Lithium Extraction from Thermal Brine


Direct Lithium Extraction - How it works

In comparison to ‘hard rock’ and ‘evaporation pond’ mining methods,  direct lithium extraction takes hours, not months to produce battery-grade lithium products in one location - with no need for further off-site processing; significantly reducing operating costs while eliminating weather dependency and negative environmental impacts.


Sustainable, U.S. based critical minerals supply



  • Minimal carbon and environmental footprint

  • No open-cut mining or evaporation ponds

  • Closed loop, direct extraction system

  • Not subject to fluctuations in weather patterns

  • Utilizes 100% on-site, renewable energy

  • Minimal re-agents and chemicals used

  • Lower transportation carbon footprint with direct rail connectivity and infrastructure

  • Attractive to investors and companies with high-level sustainability mandates



  • U.S. location provides political stability for secure access and supply

  • In-line with California and international climate goals

  • Socially responsible supply chain with employment benefits for the region

  • Opportunities for on-site battery manufacturing facilities, reducing international transportation and taxes

  • Supported by federal, state and local government agencies


In Demand

  • An estimated 30 million EV car sales is expected by 2030*

  • By 2040, 55% of all new cars are expected to be electric vehicles*

  • Market forecasts lithium (LCE) demand to increase to over 1.5 million tonnes by 2028^

  • Critical lithium supply deficits are expected as early as 2023.

  • U.S. National Minerals Security Act is expected to streamline development process for domestic lithium projects.

* Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018. ^ Benchmark Mineral Intelligence  


Location - A robust, long-term resource

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Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area (SSKGRA), Imperial Valley, California.


CTR has secured all land and subsurface mineral rights within the Imperial Irrigation District leasehold area totalling 7,380 acres.


The project’s output lifespan is estimated at approximately 30 years. 


NI 43-101 Inferred Minerals Resource Estimate indicates a significant resource potential of 300,000 tonnes LCE per annum at full capacity. 

Project Staging

2023 – Phase 1 total capacity: 15,000 tpa LCE 

2025 – Phase 2 total capacity: 30,000 tpa LCE

2027 – Phase 3 total capacity: 75,000 tpa LCE

(tpa LCE: tonnes per annum of lithium carbonate equivalent products)

Power Supply

Hell’s Kitchen Lithium will be powered by a 49.9 megawatt onsite geothermal power plant.  

Minerals Expansion

Minerals Expansion: In future stages, CTR plans to develop individual project ventures to produce additional critical minerals including; potassium, zinc, manganese, iron and silica. 

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