Encounter Resources Hits High-grade Niobium Intercepts at Crean Carbonatite

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Encounter Resources (ASX: EN) is enjoying a good run with Aircore drilling at the company’s 100 per cent-owned owned Aileron project in the West Arunta region of Western Australia.

Ongoing drilling at the Aileron project has intersected continuous near-surface carbonatite across four initial aircore drill lines at the Crean target.

First assays received from the most western drill line have returned shallow, high-grade niobium-REE mineralisation in three adjacent drillholes, including:

52m at 3 per cent niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5) from 81m to EOH, including 16m at 6 per cent Nb2O5;

32m at 2.5 per cent Nb2O5 from 67m to EOH, including 12m at 3.3 per cent Nb2O5; and

15m at 1.5 per cent Nb2O5 from 120m to EOH, including 2m at 3.3 per cent Nb2O5.

Encounter has now taken the shallow mineralised trend identified at Crean to over 800m long, which appears to be strengthening to the west and remains open.

The company indicated the second batch of aircore samples, which includes further samples from Crean and priority samples from the Emily and Hurley prospects, are at the lab with assay results expected in July 2024.

“Aircore drilling is opening up new fronts of shallow niobium-REE carbonatite hosted mineralisation at Aileron,” Encounter Resources managing director Will Robinson said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“The aircore rig completed over 10,000 metres of drilling in its first month on site.

“This drilling has expanded the near surface footprint of the Crean, Hurley and Emily carbonatites.

“The aircore rig has now moved to the untested Green and Joyce targets located east of WA1 Resources’ Luni carbonatite discovery.

“Drilling will start with broad spaced aircore traverses and then move to closer spaced drilling based on initial observations.

“Aircore drilling is proving to be a fast, low impact and cost-effective method to discover near surface niobium-REE mineralisation in this part of the West Arunta.”