THE DRILL SERGEANT: Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) announced the lodgement of drilling permits for a Phase 3 resource expansion drilling program to be undertaken at the company’s Authier lithium project in Quebec, Canada.
Sayona Mining indicated it is planning a diamond drilling program of up to 3,000 metres commencing in early November.
The objectives of the drilling program, include:
Collecting up to 5 tonnes of drill core for a pilot metallurgical testing program. The pilot program data will be used for inputs into the process plant design in the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS);
Infill definition drilling within the main resource zone where the mineralisation is not well defined and is currently treated as waste. This has the potential to reduce the waste to ore ratio;
Potential expansion of the northern pegmatite zone which intersected 7 metres at 1.36 per cent lithium oxide from 15 metres in the last drilling program; and
Completion of geotechnical drilling to enable finalisation of the pit wall slopes for the DFS.
“The drilling and pilot metallurgy programs will be the last major work programs before completion of the DFS in early 2018,” Sayona Mining said in its ASX announcement.