THE DRILL SERGEANT: Northern Minerals (ASX: NTU) has been encouraged by assay results from drilling across several targets at the company’s Browns Range project in Western Australia.
Northern Minerals completed 8,500 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Browns Range in late 2020, having commenced a $5 million exploration program to include up to 16,500m of drilling before the end of June 2021.
The first batch of assay results have been received from 45 drill holes at Dazzler Northwest (7 holes), Dazzler North/Ripcord (16 holes), Dazzler (6 holes), Gambit West (7 holes), Wolverine West (4 holes) and a new prospect named Toad (5 holes).
Encouraging drill results were received from first-pass drilling at the Toad and Dazzler North prospects.
Best results from Toad were:
9 metres at 0.54 per cent total rare earth oxide (TREO) from 53m, and
11m at 0.37 per cent TREO from 52m
At Dazzler North an intercept of 3m at 0.74 per cent TREO from 8m was returned.
Northern Minerals will follow-up these initial results in the second phase of drilling being planned at Browns Range in 2021, following the end of the wet season in the Kimberley region.
“We are very pleased to have exceeded our target of getting at least 8,000 metres of drilling completed before Christmas as well as post some very encouraging early results,” Northern Minerals CEO Mark Tory said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“Following up on these results will be one component of the second phase of our exploration drilling campaign, which we will be back on the ground to complete before the end of June.
“The relatively shallow depth as well as the grade and widths of some of these intersections give us plenty to work with, however much of the drilling in the first half of 2021 will be at new greenfields targets.
“Our overall strategy remains to increase the Mineral Resource and the life-of-mine potential at Browns Range to more than 20 years.
“This will feed into a future feasibility study for a potential commercial scale heavy rare earths operation at Browns Range.”
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