Aruma Resources Prepares to Drill at Mt Deans Lithium Project

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Aruma Resources (ASX: AAJ) is preparing to commence exploration activities on the company’s 100 per cent-owned Mt Deans lithium project, near Norseman in Western Australia.

The company is making ready to undertake its first drilling program at Mt Deans, which it considers highly prospective for lithium minerals, as wells as tantalum and rare earth element (REE) minerals.

Previous exploration on the project has identified swarm pegmatites over a strike length of greater than 1 kilometre, while the project is interpreted to sit within the same host rocks and structures as the nearby Mt Marion, Bald Hill and Buldania lithium projects.

Aruma has submitted a Program of Works (PoW) with the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMRIS) for the initial 12-hole RC (Reverse Circulation) drilling program that is planned to commence in the June quarter 2021.

Aruma plans to investigate the potential for Mt Deans to host direct shipping lithium ores, given its location adjacent to the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and rail infrastructure which provides direct access to the Port of Esperance rail hub – and the potential for transport and infrastructure advantages.

“Aruma is of the view that the previous lithium results plus the high-grade tantalum and rare earth elements results, together with the infrastructure advantages afforded by the project’s location make Mt Deans a highly exciting lithium exploration opportunity,” Aruma Resources managing director Peter Schwann said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“We look forward to commencing our first pass drilling program at the project as soon as the PoW is granted.”