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Encounter Resources Score Further West Arunta High-Grade Niobium Intercepts

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Encounter Resources (ASX: ENR) announced further shallow, high-grade niobium intercepts via aircore drilling at the company’s Aileron project in the West Arunta region of Western Australia.

Encounter Resources’ 2024 aircore drill program is being undertaken to test and define areas of high-grade, shallow mineralisation near major structures across key targets it has previously identified at Aileron.

Based on the aircore results, the company envisages follow-up RC and potentially diamond drilling will test the depth extent of this mineralisation and provide further geological and metallurgical information.

A second batch of assays results from the Crean target includes additional shallow, high-grade niobium-REE mineralisation from previously reported results.

Aircore drilling at the Emily target returned shallow, high-grade niobium-REE mineralisation north and south of previously reported results.

“Aircore drilling is defining new belts of shallow niobium-REE carbonatite hosted mineralisation in the West Arunta,” Encounter Resources executive chairman Will Robinson said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“Highly enriched, near surface mineralisation has now been intersected at both the Crean and Emily targets which are located on separate structures at Aileron, over 10km apart.

“The aircore rig is currently completing further drill sections at the western end of Crean and will then return to Emily and Green.”

 

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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:

EAL256
52m at 3 per cent niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5) from 81m to EOH, including 16m at 6 per cent Nb2O5;

EAL155
32m at 2.5 per cent Nb2O5 from 67m to EOH, including 12m at 3.3 per cent Nb2O5; and

EAL257
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.”

 

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Encounter Resources Commences Diamond Drilling at Aileron

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Encounter Resources (ASX: ENR) has commenced a diamond drilling program at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Aileron project in the West Arunta region of Western Australia.

Encounter Resources is conducting an approx. 2,000 metres diamond drill program at Aileron, the first hole of which will be testing a discrete, high amplitude density anomaly at Perce the company considers prospective for IOCG mineralisation or an alkaline/carbonatite intrusion.

After this hole the diamond drill rig will then be charged with testing targets Encounter has generated via an aircore drill program it currently has in progress at Aileron.

This program has already completed a total of 70 aircore holes with the first batch of priority aircore samples from the Crean target already on their way to the lab for analysis.

“The project wide Falcon gravity survey that we completed provided fundamental new data to target IOCG and carbonatite-hosted niobium-REE deposits in the West Arunta region,” Encounter Resources managing director Will Robinson said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“The survey defined key regional structures that transect the West Arunta including the NNE trending Weddell Fault that bounds a number of the high priority prospects in the region.

“It highlighted significant gravity anomalies in the eastern part of Aileron including the discrete, high amplitude density anomaly at Perce, which is the first target to be tested.

“The initial diamond program at Perce is EIS co-funded and is the first phase of the systematic testing of major geophysical targets defined in the eastern part of this emerging new mineral belt.”

The Perce target is located at the eastern extent of Aileron where no previous drilling has been completed.

Encounter have designated it as a high priority geophysical target that is a discrete, high amplitude density anomaly located at a key structural intersection.

 

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