THE DRILL SERGEANT: Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) is investigating the potential for lithium mineralisation underway at the company’s high-grade Nepean nickel project, south of Coolgardie in Western Australia.
The Nepean nickel project contains the historic high-grade Nepean nickel sulphide mine that produced 32,303 tonnes of nickel metal at an average recovered grade of 2.99 per cent nickel between 1970 and 1987.
Auroch Minerals said the mine workings and drill-hole intersections at Nepean have confirmed some of the pegmatites to be more than 100 metres thick with lengths exceeding 1,000m, increasing potential to contain highly fractionated, lithium-enriched parts.
“We are pleased to announce that we have contracted the services of Peter Spitalny to undertake an investigation into what we believe is a significant potential for economic lithium mineralisation within the pegmatites at Nepean,” Auroch Minerals managing director Aidan Platel said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“Peter is well-known throughout Western Australia and even globally for his expertise in the exploration and economic evaluation of LCT pegmatites, and we look forward to what his initial investigation will tell us.
“Using Peter to evaluate the lithium potential means that our in-house geological team remains completely focussed on the nickel sulphide exploration at Nepean, and in particular the current RC drill program at Nepean which is now over two-thirds completed.
“We look forward to the results of both exploration programs in the near future, and will keep the market updated as results are received.”
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