Robinson River Salt Project

Project Location

  • 943 Claim Units – 235.75 KM² 
  • The Property is located approximately 35 linear km south of the town of Stephenville in Newfoundland and Labrador on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland
  • Excellent access to highway and road access, power, and infrastructure
  • Stephenville has a population of 6,600 and is the service centre for a catchment area of 25,000

Adjacent Properties

Atlas Salt (TSXV: SALT) Great Atlantic Salt Deposit is located 15 km north of the Property. The salt deposit contains an Inferred resource of 908 million tonnes grading 96.9% NaCl using a nominal bulk density of 2.16 g/cm³ (nominal de-icing market standard).*

  • Thick high-grade homogenous deposit
  • Scalable to mining 2.5 Mtp 

Triple Point Resources (Private) Fischell Salt Dome is located to the North of the property and can potentially store approximately 180,000 tonnes of hydrogen.

The Robinsons River Salt Dome Project is approximately 127% larger in terms of hydrogen storage potential than the Fischell Salt Dome

*This resource estimate was independently prepared by APEX Geoscience Ltd. for Atlas Salt in accordance with NI 43-101. The Company has not had a qualified person verify this information, and this information is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on the Robinsons River Salt Property.

Property Geology

The Property is hosted within the Bas St. Georges Subbasin (BSGSB), the northeastern
extension of the Maritime Basin. The geology of the BSGSB of Newfoundland is broadly
analogous to the geology in New Brunswick.

The Property warrants further exploration as a result of the following:

  • The Property lies within the BSGSB, the host of economic-evaporite deposits and
    additional rare-earth metals;
  • The Robinsons #1 drill hole confirmed the favourable stratigraphy to host evaporite
    deposits within the BSGSB;
  • The updated geophysical interpretations on the Property have identified two major salt structures by their anomalous density lows, which are primary exploration targets;
  • The mining of the deposits, depending on the quality of the salt, has the potential for direct
    commercial use and sale, including road salt or consumption as table salt with minimal
    mining processing; and
  • The potential for cavern placement and hydrogen storage refining requires understanding the host rock formation’s quality, thickness and deformation properties. By advancing exploration efforts to include drilling the identified potential salt structure, the capacity for hydrogen storage can be better defined.

Please refer to the website disclaimer for additional information regarding the exploration information presented on this website.

RESPEC Partnership

  • Vortex Energy Corp is engaged with RESPEC, one of the only underground storage consultants that has direct experience with actual hydrogen salt storage caverns.
  • RESPEC can support nearly every aspect of underground storage with in-house expertise and facilities.
  • RESPEC has the world’s largest rock laboratory dedicated to the underground storage industry.
  • Leveraging world renowned project experience from industry majors: Atco, Mitsubishi, Chevron, Praxair, Magnum, and others.

Source: Voegeli, S. (2022, August). RESPEC Website Presentation on Underground Storage and Capabilities.

  • 40+ Years of Experience in Underground Storage
  • 100+ Projects Globally

Phase I: 2023 Exploration Program

Seismic and gravity surveys have located at least two major salt structures that are potentially suitable for road salt exploration and hydrogen cavern development at the Robinsons River Salt Project, Newfoundland.​

Each Salt Cavern if developed could exceed a storage volume of over 2 million meters³.


  • Seismic and gravity surveys have located salt structures below the property.​
  • Salt caverns exceeding a storage volume of 2 million m³ per cavern can be developed.​
  • The maximum thickness of the salt strata is identified to be 1,700-1,800 meters in both salt structures.​
  • RESPEC recommends that core wells be drilled at the locations where the salt is the thickest.

Robinsons River Salt Project: 3D Geological Model

Based on available geological information, the East and West Salt Structures have a conservatively-estimated potential combined hydrogen storage capacity of up to 800,000 tonnes within more than 60 caverns.

East Salt Structure:
  • Can potentially hold an estimated amount of 550,000 tonnes of hydrogen in more than 35 caverns, based on conservative estimates
  • Using conservative estimates, the hydrogen storage capacity is more than 70 million m³.
West Salt Structure:
  • Can potentially hold an estimated amount of 250,000 tonnes of hydrogen in more than 25 caverns, based on conservative estimates
  • Using conservative estimates, the hydrogen storage capacity is more than 50 million m³.

Pathway to Drilling

  • Step 1 and Step 2 complete
  • Drilling permit was submitted on August 24, 2023
  • Estimated 45 days review period

Drilling Objective

  • Drill two modern full-length core wells
  • Conducting a full suit of geophysical wireline surveys in the core wells along with a comprehensive sampling program
Step 1
Gravity Survey & 2D Seismic
Step 2
3D Modelling & Drill Targeting
Step 3
Permitting & Contractor Mobilization
Step 4
Permitting & Contractor Mobilization
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Phase II: Drilling Scope of Work Developed & Managed by RESPEC Robinsons River South Property

Pre-Drilling & Well Design

Permitting & Procurement of Services

Active Drilling Contractor Management

Geological Reporting

For additional information regarding the Robinsons River Salt Property, we encourage you to review the full technical report on the Robinsons River Salt Property. Click here  to review the full report.”