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Lefroy Exploration secures major nickel frontier land package in WA

Special report: In line with its multi-commodity gold and base metals strategy, Lefroy Exploration has pegged five exploration licence applications ……

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In line with its multi-commodity gold and base metals strategy, Lefroy Exploration has pegged five exploration licence applications over a new nickel project named Glenayle.

The Glenayle Project covers a massive contiguous 2735sqkm of the Proterozoic age Salvation Basin that is intruded by multiple dolerite sills which extend over the entire land package.

These dolerite sills are part of the Warakurna Large Igneous Province (LIP), which extends west to the Bangemall Basin and east to include the Giles layered intrusive complex. More importantly, they are considered prospective for nickel mineralisation.

Glenayle represents a first mover approach by Lefroy (ASX:LEX) into a frontier nickel-copper exploration project with its stake over the Warakurna LIP.

New wholly owned subsidiary to list on ASX in 2022

The Glenayle tenement package is held by a new wholly owned LEX subsidiary, Johnston Lakes Nickel (JLN), which Lefroy aims to list on the ASX in 2022 subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.

JLN will also hold other nickel assets currently held by LEX at Lake Johnston and at Carnilya South in the Lefroy Gold Project.

The company expects the tenements to be granted in Q4, 2022.

While the explorer aims to expand its portfolio in search for nickel, the focus remains on exploration at Eastern Lefroy and the Burns gold-copper prospect.

A rare opportunity

LEX managing director Wade Johnson said it is not often that an opportunity like this presents itself.

“It is a monster land package,” he said.

“We have taken the first mover approach into a new area that has seen very little exploration.

“We are very keen to further develop and apply knowledge learned about nickel mineralisation in large igneous provinces that will provide exploration targeting criteria for target selection,” he said.

“Glenayle adds another wholly owned project to the LEX greenfields exploration portfolio and complements our other nickel assets at Lake Johnston and Carnilya South.”

The Glenayle project relative to the other company projects and key geological rock units in Western Australia. Pic: Supplied

Identified in desktop assessment

The Glenayle nickel project was identified after a desktop assessment to identify new areas in Western Australia considered prospective for nickel mineralisation.

Prior geological knowledge of the area from a field reconnaissance trip in 1998 by Wade Johnson and the subsequent review of the research paper by Pirajno and Hoatson (2012) supported LEX’s acquisition.

What’s next?

Lefroy has kicked off compilation and assessment of previous surface geochemistry, geophysical and drilling data from WAMEX at Glenayle.

The location of drill core from the only three diamond holes drilled at Glenayle is being sourced, with two of the three holes being located.

Geophysics, and in particular interpretation of gravity survey data, will play a key role in guiding exploration targeting within the project.

Development of a detailed aeromagnetic and gravity dataset is underway and will be the primary exploration tool in the interpretation of the distribution of the mafic rocks such as feeder sills, layered intrusions and dykes within the Salvation Basin.

This will then be followed by targeted stratigraphic diamond drilling in 2023.

The company will apply for funding support through the WA State Governments Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) for this drilling where applicable.

LEX has also commenced land access negotiations with the determined Native Title group.

 


 

 

This article was developed in collaboration with Lefroy Exploration, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

 

This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.

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Monsters of Rock: Hydrogen an investor gold mine, actual gold looks ‘asthmatic’

The Materials sector – comprising mostly large and mid-cap miners – edged lower today but preserves a healthy +6% gain … Read More
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The Materials sector – comprising mostly large and mid-cap miners – edged lower today but preserves a healthy +6% gain over the past month.

The iron ore miners fell marginally – sans FMG – despite the steelmaking ingredient’s move above $US110/t over the last few days.

The day was dominated by mid-cap Vulcan Energy (ASX:VUL) which announced a binding lithium offtake deal with behemoth Volkswagen Group — the world’s largest automaker by revenue and the largest company in Germany.

Daily Large Cap Materials heat map. Pic: CommSec.

Hydrogen remains an investor gold mine

FMG’s (ASX:FMG) positive move (1.5%) may have been hydrogen related.

It’s renewable energy arm, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), has formed a JV with domestic utility AGL Energy to look at  converting two coal-fired power plants to produce hydrogen.

FFI is looking to repurpose infrastructure at the 1,680MW Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley region of NSW — earmarked to fully close by April 2023 — along with the 2,640MW Bayswater power station that is forecast to close by 2036.

Initial renewable electricity production through new wind and solar capacity could be 250MW, generating 30,000 t/yr of green hydrogen at a Hunter Energy Hub, FFI said.

Meanwhile, global commodities trading firm Trafigura has announced plans to build an ammonia and hydrogen plant at Port Pirie in South Australia with an initial production capacity of 20 t/d of green ammonia for export by 2025.

Trafigura plans to make a final investment decision by the end of next year, with construction starting in 2023.

 

…while actual gold looks ‘asthmatic’

Gold also edged higher to $US1,786/oz ($2,490/oz Aussie) with the big miners Kirkland Lake (ASX:KLA), and Newcrest (ASX:NCM) responding in kind.

Australia’s biggest gold miner NCM – which is making substantial profits at current prices — is down 5.65% over the past month and 12.81% year-to-date.


 

Jeffrey Halley Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific, OANDA says golds “asthmatic” attempt to rise overnight “is a warning that bullishness is very fragile and that selling will resume at the first sign of trouble”.

“The downside continues to be very clearly, the path of least resistance,” he says.

“In the bigger picture, gold still looks confined to a US$1,770.00 to US$1,800.00 range this week, unable to sustain momentum above or below those levels.”

“The 50,100 and 200-day moving averages (DMAs), clustered between US$1,790.30 and US$1,795.50 are capping gains.”

“$1800.00 and $1810.00 will prove equally formidable. Support lies at US$1,770.00 and US$1,760.00.”

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Galan’s HWM project value jumps 120pc after update on lithium prices

Special Report: Galan Lithium has updated the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) study for its flagship Hombre Muerto West (HWM) Project … Read More
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Galan Lithium has updated the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) study for its flagship Hombre Muerto West (HWM) Project in Catamarca Province, Argentina, based on a revised lithium price.

The original PEA was based on an average lithium price of US$11,687/tonne to the year 2040, with the updated study using the long-term average real lithium price assumption (2025-2040) of US$18,594/tonne battery grade lithium carbonate (LCE).

The unleveraged pre-tax net present value (NPV) has increased to US$2.2 billion – a 120% increase from US$1 billion in 2020.

The internal rate of return (IRR) is 37.5%, the project has less than a three-year payback period and the average life-of-mine annual EBITDA is US$287 million, up from US$174 million.

The company now has two PEA study level projects – HMW and Candelas – which have a combined long term production potential of 34ktpa LCE and a combined pre-tax NPV of US$3.4 billion.

‘Phenomenal’ NPV on conservative price assumption

The updated economic study retains the original production profile of a long-life 40 years+ project at 20,000 tonnes per annum of battery grade LCE, including competitive cash production cost for Li2CO3 of US$3,518/tonne in the first quartile of global lithium cost production curve.

Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN) managing director Juan Pablo Vargas de la Vega said the updated project economics for HMW show how healthy the project is.

“Despite using a conservative long-term price assumption, HMW has delivered a phenomenal pre-tax NPV of nearly US$2.2 billion,” he said.

“The company is in an enviable space whereby it has two study level projects that can potentially deliver combined long term production levels of 34ktpa LCE along with NPVs that are above US$3.4 billion.

“As we have previously said, Galan remains excited about the potential value add for our shareholders once we enter the lithium market with prices expected to be +US25k/tonne LCE.

“Our projects would now be among the lowest cost of any future producers in the lithium industry, due to their high grade and low impurity setting, green credentials and a low carbon footprint.

“Galan is excited to be a part of the solution to the global decarbonisation story.” 

Long term estimate of the contracted price of battery grade Li2CO3 developed by Roskill

DFS planned in 2022

Since the release of the original HMW PEA Study in 2020, the company has confirmed laboratory lithium chloride concentrations of 6% lithium several times and confirmed production of lithium carbonate battery grade of 99.88% LCE from its concentrate.

It has also received permits for new drilling and Stage 1 construction permits for the HMW camp and pilot plant.

During 2022, Galan will be undertaking a definitive feasibility level study (DFS) with the appointment of an independent, well credentialed engineering firm imminent.

The company also expects the new HMW drilling to increase its indicated resources as well as a likely move into the measured and indicated mineral resource category.

 


 

 

This article was developed in collaboration with Galan Lithium Limited, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

 

This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.

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Resources Top 5: Tanzania gold project gets the green light, and a copper-gold play in Mongolia stays hot

Orecorp gains following the grant of a special mining licence  Genmin is up on the release preliminary test work results  … Read More
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  • Orecorp gains following the grant of a special mining licence 
  • Genmin is up on the release preliminary test work results 
  • Xanadu Mines gains again following yesterday’s resource upgrade 

 

Here are the top five biggest small cap resources movers in early trade Thursday, December 9. 

Orecorp (ASX:ORR)

Orecorps’ shares are up 13.97%, after the company received notification of approval for its special mining licence (SML) grant pertaining to the Nyanzaga Gold project in northwest Tanzania.

The company has been working with the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to finalise the framework and shareholders agreements for a new joint venture company, named Sotta Mining Corporation.

ORR says the grant of the SML represents a pivotal milestone towards the development of the Nyanzaga project.

Genmin (ASX:GEN)

African iron ore explorer and developer Genmin has announced preliminary results of the value-in-use (VIU) test work at the Central South University in Changsha, Huan, China on fines and lump iron ore products form its Baniaka Iron Ore Project in Gabon, Africa.

These results indicate Baniaka Fines and Baniaka Lump iron ore samples have a potentially high value in the Blast Furnace iron making process and will now inform the financial model which will be included in the preliminary feasibility study.

Managing director and CEO Joe Ariti said: “The preliminary value-in-use results show Baniaka Fines and Baniaka Lump have a potentially significant value to Chinese steel mills with both being high iron grade, low silica and alumina, with very low levels of deleterious elements and alkali metals.”

“Metallurgically, Baniaka Lump has excellent thermal stability and reducibility, and Baniaka Fines not only delivers high iron grades and low deleterious elements but improves Sintering efficiency with a 12.5% increase in productivity and 8.6% lower solid fuel consumption when substituting for some Australian Fines and Brazilian Fines currently used in Sinter feed blends”.

He said this also fits China’s decarbonisation policy with greener iron ore products through a high proportion of Lump and mine site infrastructure planned to be powered by renewable hydroelectricity.

GEN shares are up 6.25% at the time of writing.

 

Xanadu Mines (ASX:XAM)

(Up on no news)

Yesterday the company updated its copper-gold resource estimate at the Mongolian-based Kharmagati mine to 1.1 billion tonnes.

The resource now contains 3mt of copper and 8 million oz gold, representing a >50% increase in the contained copper and >80% increase in contained gold metal.

Since 2018, XAM said it has completed 120 diamond drill holes for 69,479m and has grown the resource at a rate of around 11mt copper equivalent per month.

A scoping study is now underway to model the project, leveraging key advantages such as cohesive high-grade zones to drive early payback of initial capita and strong project economics.

Chief executive officer Andrew Stewart said this positions Kharmagtai as one of the largest undeveloped copper and gold resources on the ASX, and one of the largest globally.

“The higher-grade zones (>0.8% copper equivalent) have grown from 58Mt in the previous estimate to just on 100Mt with this update,” he said.

“This could be a real game-changer for project economics.”

Shares are up 8% to 2.7c at the time of writing.

 

Frontier Resources (ASX:FNT)

(Up on no news)

Last week the company announced the completion of an exploration program at the Taula prospect adjacent to the Tolukuma gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

The Taula vein has been mapped for more than 750 metres subparallel to the mineralised Tolukuma mine structures, and FNT believes these extensions signify enhanced potential for developing near mine gold resources.

 

Vulcan Energy Resources (ASX:VUL)

VUL has signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest automaker by revenue and the largest company in Germany.

The agreement is for an initial five-year term and the start of commercial delivery is set for 2026.

Vulcan is aiming to become the world’s first lithium producer with net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Its Zero Carbon Lithium Project intends to produce a battery-quality lithium hydroxide chemical product from its combined geothermal energy and lithium resource, which is Europe’s largest lithium resource in Germany.

Shares in the company ripped higher by 17.9% on the news, to ~$11.50.

Today’s announcement marks one of a number of offtake deal Vulcan has flagged since short-seller J Capital took aim at the business in late October when VUL shares were trading at $14.99.


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